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15 Best Poker Players of All Time in The World

Poker is undoubtedly one of the most intriguing, entertaining, and popular card games in the world. Poker players who play high-stakes cash games take inspiration from popular poker players with a high net worth and success rate. Picking the world’s best poker players of all time is a rather tricky task owing to the abundance of successful players based on live tournament winnings, notable titles, longevity, and more.

So, for all the poker fans looking to get some inspiration from the greatest players in poker history, here’s a list of those poker world players in no particular order in both male and female categories.

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List of the Greatest Male Poker Players of All Time

Poker PlayerNicknameCountryWSOP Money FinishWPT Money FinishEPT Money Finish
Daniel NegreanuKid PokerLas Vegas, USA148244
Phil IveyThe Tiger Woods of PokerLas Vegas, USA59133
Phil HellmuthThe Poker BratCalifornia, USA16518NA
Bryn KenneyMega CrusherNYC, USA3265
Stu UngarThe Comeback KidNYC, USA15NANA
Dan SmithCowboy DanManalapan, USA2334
Erik SeidelSlyLas Vegas, USA92261
Johnny MossGrandfather of PokerTexas, USA25NANA
Stephen ChidwickStevie444Kent, England53312
Fedor HolzCrownUpGuySaarbrücken, Germany233

1. Daniel Negreanu

Daniel Negreanu

One of the topmost poker players of the 20th century experienced is Daniel Negreanu. Daniel Negreanu is the best representative and recognized as an ambassador of the Poker game. He dominated tournament poker wins over four years and won over $39,000,000. Negreanu is referred to as the Kid Poker. He has won 6 WSOP bracelets and 2 World Poker Tour championship titles.

2. Phil Ivey

Phil Ivey

Also known as the Tiger Woods of Poker, Phil has been a consistently successful player throughout his poker career. Currently, Phil Ivey is a popular high roller and a regular guest at Atlantic City’s most expensive games. Ivey’s net worth ranges from $100 million to $125 million online. He’s known to play at maximum limits in cash contests and has won over $1,000,000 each time in six different games. He won his first poker bracelet in 2000 and won three more thereafter in 2002. Phil Ivey held seventh place in the World Series of Poker ME in 2009, reaching theorize zone fifty times through the series.

3. Phil Hellmuth

Phil Hellmuth

The Poker Brat, Phil Hellmuth, got famous at a very young age. At the age of 24, he became the youngest World Series champion in the WSOP Main Event, winning a gold bracelet. His first big win was during his second trip to Las Vegas, where he won $10,000, which led him to pursue a poker career. Phil became the youngest WSOP champion in 1989, winning $755,000. Subsequently, he won numerous tournaments and recognition at most of the contests.

4. Bryn Kenney

Bryn Kenney

Bryn began playing poker in his school days and realized the profitability of the game at the age of 16. His first big win was in 2016 at the $1,00,000 Super High Roller tournament at PCA, where he won $1,687,800. He also won million dollars from the Triton Super High Roller Series main event in 2016. In the 1028 Super High Roller Bowl event, Bryn finished fifth and won HK Dollars 2,000,000 and $1,484,000.

5. Stu Ungar

Stu Ungar

Many poker players consider Stu Ungar as the best Texas Hold ’em and Gin Rummy player in the history of poker. Stu and Johnny Moss are the only players to have won the WSOP Main Event thrice in poker history. Ungar had won five WSOP bracelets, over $3.7 million in poker tournaments, and won over 10 out of 30 major No-Limit Texas events.

6. Dan Smith

Dan Smith

Dan Smith, also called Cowboy Dan, became a professional poker player at the age of 16 and soon became one of the greatest players in the world. He has won seven-figure winnings in nine live events throughout his career. One of Dan’s most impressive winnings was in The Big One for One Drop of $1,000,000, where he finished third and won $4,000,000 in WSOP. Later, he finished third in the Triton Million series at Triton Poker and won a sum of $8.76 million.

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7. Erik Seidel

Erik Seidel

Erik Seidel has numerous victories to his name and is one of the record-holders in poker history. His first appearance was at the WSOP Main Event in 1988 against Johnny Chan. Being a poker veteran, Erik also competes with young players and takes the titles and trophies home. He has also won 8 WSOP bracelets and accolades, including Poker Hall of Fame membership. In 1994, Seidel won the Limit Holdem tournament worth $5,000 and won his 4th WSOP bracelet in 1988 at the No Limit 2-7 Draw Game.

8. Johnny Moss

Johnny Moss

The Grandfather of Poker, Johnny Moss, was one of the best poker players of his generation. He was among the few players that won the World Series of Poker Main Event thrice. Johnny placed second in a $10,000 Limit 7-CardStud Poker at the 2nd World Series of Poker, winning $34,150. A few days later, he also won a $10,000 No-Limit Hold ’em World Championship event, winning his third WSOP bracelet and a cash prize of $160,000. Johnny won his fourth WSOP bracelet and a prize of $ball 44,000 in this 6th World Series of Poker, where he played $1000 Limit Seven Card Stud.

9. Stephen Chidwick

Stephen

Stephen Chidwick progressed from being a regular grinder to being one of the top poker players in the world, having won over $32,000,000 during his career. Stephen started playing poker as a pastime at the age of 16 and is still believed to be in the initial stages of his career. Stephen’s first live tournament was at the European Poker Tour in Prague. His impressive feat in different poker tournaments makes him one of the top poker players in the world. Chidwick prefers playing live events over online poker tournaments.

10. Fedor Holz

Fedor Holz

Fedor Holz has an immense buzz around his name. He was one of the world’s best poker players at the age of 21 and currently ranks fourth position in the Global Poker Index of the top live tournament players. His live tournament winnings in December 2017 were over $26,700,000 and his lifetime winnings are over 32,550,000. He has won several monetary and non-monetary awards, including the World Series of Poker.

Top 5 Female Poker Players of All Time

Poker PlayerNicknameCountryWSOP Money FinishesWPT Money FinishesEPT Money Finishes
Liv BoereeIron MaidenKent, England20NA12
Annie DukeThe Duchess of PokerCalifornia, USA384NA
Kathy LeibertPokerKatLas Vegas, USA47211
Maria HoNoneCalifornia, USA6414NA
Annette ObrestadThe HuntressSandnes, Norway10NA3

1. Liv Boeree

Live Boeree

With a net worth of $4 million, Liv Boeree holds an impressive poker tournament record. Liv is the only female poker player to have won major events in World Poker Tour and European Poker Tour. She also won her first WSOP bracelet in the 10k Tag-Team event in 2017 and over $3.5 million in tournament winnings.

2. Annie Duke

Annie Duke

Annie Duke, also known as the Duchess of Poker, has a net worth of $9 million. She is a high-stakes poker crusher, author, and business founder. Known for her cash games skills, Annie holds an amazing tournament record, including wins like a WSOP bracelet, first rank in WSOP Tournament of Champions in 2004, and National Heads-Up Poker Championship in 2010. She was also the leading female poker player in the World Series for several years. Annie has also co-created the Global Poker Index, co-co-founded the Epic Poker League, and written strategy books such as Decide to Play Great Poker and The Middle Zone.

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3. Kathy Leibert

Kathy Leibert

With a net worth of $6.89 million, Kathy Leibert has also achieved an amazing record in the highest stakes poker tournaments. One of her records was a deep run in the World Series Main Event, where she finished at 17th place, busting within sight of the final table. Her poker feat includes winning her first WSOP bracelet for Limit Hold ’em Shootout event in 2004, six final tables in World Poker Tour, and winning the 2002 Party Millions.

4. Maria Ho

Maria Ho

Maria Ho is a Taiwanese-American poker player with a net worth of $4 million. He poker career recently surged with her induction into the Poker Hall of Fame. Ho has won $3 million in tournament earnings during her poker career, including 54 World Series of Poker Cashes. She was also the last female in the 2007 Main Event busting in 38th place. Moreover, she has made it to five World Poker Tour final tables and won several minor events worldwide. Ho also holds hosting and broadcasting credits, and she is the first female strategic commentator and commentator for the Super High Roller Bowl events.

5. Annette Obrestadt

Annette Obrestadt

Annette Obrestadt, also known with her online poker name Annette_15, holds a net worth of $3.9 million. She won the World Series of Poker in 2007 and became the youngest player to win a coveted gold bracelet. She rose to fame since that event and went on to win many more major tournaments. Annette Obrestadt is also known for her online poker achievements, including winning a 180-player Sit N Go where she didn’t look at her own hole-cards if not facing an all-in bet.

Honorable Mentions

Doyle Brunson

Doyle Brunson

Net Worth: $75 Million

Undoubtedly, Doyle Brunson deserves an honorable mention as one of the greatest poker players and the most influential person in the world of poker. He has won 10 WSOP bracelets and won the Main Event two times. The Texas Dolly had authored the book ‘Supersystem’ in 1978, also considered the Poker Bible.

Justin Bonomo

Justin Bonomo

Net Worth: $48 Million +

Justin Bonomo has been playing since the age of 16 and is well-known for both his online events and live tournaments. He was also one of the first players who gained recognition for Sit&Go on Party Poker and won Sunday Million on Poker Stars.

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Joanne ‘JJ’ Liu

Joanne Liu

Net Worth: $1.5 million

Joanne Jishung ‘JJ’ Liu is one of the top ten poker players in the female category and ranks 2nd on the Taiwan All Time Money List. JJ began playing poker live tournaments after 1996 and won $3.2 million in tournament winnings. In 2007, she was the highest-placing female player in the World Poker Tour Championship event. She finished as the runners-up at the WPT Bay 101 Shooting Stars event.

Maria Constanza Lampropulos

Maria Constanza

Net Worth: $6.5 million+

Maria began her poker career after she began dating a professional poker player from Argentina. She mainly played only live tournaments since 2014 and accumulated $3.3 million as her career winnings. Maria also played the Main Event of PokerStars Caribbean Adventure in 2018 and became the first female to have won the main event. She won a price of around $1.1 million from the event held in the Bahamas.

Kristen Bicknell

Kristen Bicknell

Net Worth: $5 million

Kristen Bicknell is a Canadian professional poker player who began playing online poker in 2006. Krietn won three poker bracelets in the World Series of Poker, played at the final table twice in the European Poker Tour and once in the World Poker Tour. Bicknell was the highest-ranked female poker player in the live tournament of 2017, ranking above Maria Ho and Maria Lampropulos.

Sandra Naujoks

Sandra Naujoks

Net Worth: $2 mllion+

The German poker player, Sandra Naujoks, is also known as the Black Mamba in the poker world. Sandra mainly plays No-Limit Hold ’em live tournaments. Some of her poker feats include winning the final table at the Casinos Austria Poker Tour in 2008, the GIGA Pokernight in 2008, winning the European Poker Championship in 2008, and winning the main event of the European Poker Tour in 2009. Sandra Naujoks has not won any poker bracelets to date.

Final Words

This list of the world’s best poker players of all time would undoubtedly inspire many poker players to achieve incredible feats in the poker world. You can begin your poker feats by playing online poker games on MPL app and join poker tournaments to play with poker pros.

Vijaya Bharti
A postgraduate in accounting and finance, she embraced content writing as her full-time profession. She is a Gaming Writer but her endless desire to learn new things enables her to write about just anything that intrigues her. She enjoys learning in the process as she believes there is no end to gaining knowledge.

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