Best Poker Players

The Top Ten

1 Phil Ivey

Just see Phil playing and you can have an idea of how solid he is. He is a complete poker player with great results in cash games. Daniel is great and so is Doyle, but Phil is clearly the best in the world.

You can not read this guy and his instincts are spot on

Phil Ivey is clearly the best living poker player and it is easy to determine. He will play anyone but not everyone will play him.

I think he will go down as the greatest of all time. It's a shame dur is not on this list because as of today is he is is a top 7 player without a doubt. I have read the stories about Stu Ungar but I think it's like comparing Wilt Chamberlain to Michael Jordan (Positions aside).

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2 Stu Ungar

Stu's poker instinct is unparalleled. Back to back main events and then does it again in 1997! A true card savant with natural ability unlike anyone in the history of the game.

He's the greatest of all time! Period!

The most legendary and natural players ever in the history of the Game. He was simply beyond any damn person when it came to cards. Nobody with half his talent can be born again.

Simply the best poker player ever. If he played with these dumbass-world-class players today, he would get some real money instead of that small amount he was winning before the internet. If anyone should've been better than Ungar, it would be that young guy from Sweden.

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3 Daniel Negraneu


A wrecking ball on the felt, but so likable and friendly, frightening when he breaks your game down and tells you your hand, most dedicated to perfecting his game among other pro players who think their game is the pinnacle of poker, number of cashes and titles in tournaments unbelievable, time will show his relentlessness to be the best. when all this is added up you end up with the greatest representative for poker of the poker boom generation

Negreanu is incredible in future will be recognized because of his reading skills. I think he will become better and better

he's just too damn good in playing poker. he's like a psychic dude that knows every opponents card that's why he should be place among the best poker players

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4 Phil Helmuth

Come on now you may not like him but he is the best the only way to beat him is to outflop him by far the best with the bracelets to prove it!

Phil should be #3

He called me with Queen 10 honey!

He is by far the greatest, with Ivey following second

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5 Jason Mercier

Very good consistent tournament player, and has the results to show it.

Best poker player in the world

Hyper Aggressive fearless player

6 Erik Seidel

Play the game with real money

Best and smartest player

7 Patrik Antonius

He was a model. Body and brains. Unreadabke too. Like a Renaissance statue.

8 Gus Hansen

Just makes stupid bets that no one wants to call. Not a great player, just brave.

Simply the best tournament's player in the world

Love to watch him play the player not the hand.

He is from another planet and he didn't come in

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9 Justin Bonomo
10 Doyle Brunson

The God Father of Poker. Has been successful over 5 decades and in all kinds of situations. He has been successful as a true road gambler through out Texas and exchange avenue, into Vegas and through out the internet craze. The man is Country Cool

Is he the best player currently, of course not but when talking hall of fame and the best overall poker player in the world over time, there can be no other pick. he played ahead of his time and everybody else played to catch up. Poker has the same connotation as martial arts, it's a lot of different games as for martial arts it's a lot of different styles but when it game to poker Doyle was able to play all the games and win.

Doyle Brunson has revolutionized the Poker Game. Wrote books, plays poker for more than 50 years with an estimated bankroll over 100 million. He is a great tournament player and teacher with a gentleman behaviour.

What can you say about the Granddaddy of Poker, except watch and learn.

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The Contenders

11 John Juanda

Scary player. Would not want to be at the table with him.

12 Barry Greenstein
13 Tom Dwan

His loose-agressive style makes it so difficult to put him onto a hand. His bet sizing is outstanding.

One of the best bluffers and readers of poker. Also arguably the best internet player in the world.

Insanely ballsy with good spirit and the ability to bluff an opponent off virtually any holding.

One of the if not the most underrated players. Can bluff anyone off and is smart about the hands he plays.

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14 Vanessa Selbst

Bad temper sore loser

15 Annie Duke
16 Howard Lederer

Howard is the Mathematician of poker! Very technical and rarely makes a mistake. Great mind.

17 Antonio Esfandiari

The Magician has some great tricks, again plays the player and beats the table.

Great player. Thinks through every hand

A beast in poker, a gentleman in the table

He wins the biggest tournamet in poker history and very gut cash game player

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18 Chris Moneymaker

his last name does the talking

He needs to play more tournaments and get back he is to talented to only see him play once in a while


19 Scotty Nguyen

Best all around poker player

He have a lot famous and he is very poor and now he it very rich because he always wish to be rich when he it a little kid now he got his wish he is very happy now that his wish come true that why he he thing got it helping you and that was I thing too!

He is the best poker player in the world I ever seen and you know he get rich he is wear god in his neck to get luck that how I like about Scotty Nguyen!

20 Carlos Mortensen

Knows when to fold. His selective aggression wins him huge pots. Why Dwan and Antonius are so low in this chart I don't know. Esfandiari should not within top 20, just a lucky guy who hits every draw, every time.

21 Tony Guoga

He the baist, 4 ever

22 Ted Forrest
23 Johnny Chan

I have never seen any real evidence that these players are any better literally than thousands of other players. Most of the so called legendary players earned their reps when only a handful of players played. Example, doyle won 10 bracelets over 50 years, 1 every 5 years average and most of them were early in his career when there were limited players.

24 Viktor Blom

The Greatest of all time, no doubt.
2.Patrik Antonius
3.Phil Ivey

25 Bertrand Grospellier
26 Chris Ferguson
27 Phil Laak

How's Dan Bilzerian on this last at all? Phil Laak is better than half of these fools. Uni bomber all day

28 Mike Matusow

Best entertaining player!

Matusows' reads are uncanny... He just needs to trust his instincts more.

29 Vanessa Rousso

Is she a contestant on Big Brother this season

30 Daniel Colman

Simply the best NLHE player in the game right now

31 Huck Seed

The most poignant and beautiful mind in the history of the game.

32 André Akkari
33 Daniel Shak
34 Johnny Moss

He won a bracelet at age 81.

35 Fedor Holz

This guy is a genius, at such a young age winning so many tournaments in a row was absolutely stunning!

36 Jeff Shulman
37 Sam Farha

Great bluffer, and he creates a ton of action at any table

If you want to see how mens gamble he is the one

38 JC Tran
39 Norman Chad
40 Allen Cunningham


One of the most underestimated players in the world love his style have seen him make some mind blowing lay downs! Would love to see him and Phil Ivey heads up for over 50 matches! Mop he would wins😉 lol

41 Scott Seiver

His table chatter has thrown your favorite player of their game. He's just insane. His 2014 bluff against Reinkemeier is one of my favorite all time.

42 Dan Bilzerian

Deserves to be top 5 at least

43 Shawn Buchanan
44 Will Kassouf

Best speech play in the game

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List Stats

2,000 votes
44 listings
11 years, 238 days old

Top Remixes

1. Phil Ivey
2. Jason Mercier
3. Erik Seidel
1. Phil Ivey
2. Barry Greenstein
3. Gus Hansen


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