Who are the most famous Poker players in the world? Our answers rely upon what factors we use to decide our list. The players mentioned below are the best and the most popular poker players. Some of them are big Poker names known for their brand and skills, and others have won millions of dollars by playing poker. Here is a list of 10 popular Poker players in the world.
1. Justin Bonomo
Justin Bonomo, also known as ZeeJustin is an American professional Poker player started his career at the early age of 16 when he magnificently converted a $500 deposit into a massive pot of $10,000 at Paradise Poker. Just a few years later, he became the youngest Poker player to be featured at a final table event on television, finally taking home $40,815. In 2018 at the WSOP, this 33-year-old Poker sensation took down the $1 million Big One For Drop event and earned him a whopping $10 million. This prize rapidly propelled him to number one on the All-Time Money List, surpassing Daniel Negreanu. In April 2019, Justin Bonomo winnings now topped $1.1 million. His net worth is $49 million and has won three WSOP bracelets.
2. Daniel Negreanu
Daniel Negreanu, also known as Kid Poker, is a Candain pro Poker player. He is one of the most successful Poker players in the history of WSOP. He is the highest ever champion in tournaments with over $41 million. Daniel was named as the player of the decade from 2004 - 2013 by the Global Poker Index. Negreanu holds 2 WPT bracelets, 6 WSOP bracelets, and came within one card of winning the WSOP Main Event in 2009, which would have given him the Triple Crown. In more than two decades on the felt, he has accumulated $40 million in live tournament winnings. He is the first Poker player to win World Series bracelets in Las Vegas, Europe, and Australia.
3. Antonio Esfandiari
Antonio “The Magician” Esfandiari is a pro Poker player and a former professional magician. He is known for his elaborate chip tricks. Antonio has won two WPT (World Poker Tour) titles and three WSOP bracelets in his Poker career, including the Big One for One Drop in 2012. It was a $1,000,000 buy-in tourney that benefits the One Drop Foundation. By winning the event, Antonio has won $18,346,673, as the single largest payout in Poker tourney history. He was ranked as number one for all-time Poker tournament wins until Daniel Negreanu claimed the title in the “Big One For One Drop 2014” by finishing second.
4. Erik Seidel
Erik Seidel is popularly known as Sly or Seiborg. He has won the World Poker Tour title and WSOP bracelet eight times. He made an incredible 35 final tables and a massive 92 cashes. In 1988, he placed second at the World Series of Poker Event where he played against Johnny Chan. Erik’s knockout hand was even featured in the movie Rounders. In 2011, he won his biggest cash payout of nearly $2.5 million. Erik was invited to the Poker Hall of Fame in 2010. He continues to score on some of the most significant Poker stages and can be seen consistently in high roller events. Seidel gained some media attention in 2020 for being featured in one of the best selling authors Maria Konnikova’s book, The Biggest Bluff.
5. Phil Ivey
Known as the Tiger Woods of Poker, Phil Ivey is considered as the world’s top-most Poker player, not just by Poker enthusiasts but also by his peers. Phil Ivey has won one World Poker Tour and ten World Series of Poker championships, in a span of 14 years. He also won $1 million+ cash wins on seven different occasions. In 2009, Ivey made the final table at WSOP Main Event and was lucky enough to become the frontman of Full Tilt Poker, winning $5 million a month from the site, although the actual amount is not known. He has earned more than $26 million by playing in live tournament winnings. He is a regular player in high-stakes cash games.
6. Daniel Colman
Daniel Colman is a professional American Poker player who has gained fame swiftly. In 2013, Daniel was the first player in Poker history to win $1 million in hyper-turbo tournaments in less than a year. He is best known for his biggest win at the $1million - The Big One for One Drop Event during the 2014 World Series of Poker and his first World Poker Series bracelet. In the same year, he was named Player of the Year by BLUFF, Card Player, and All In. Daniel had plenty more coming his way in the year 2014. In August, he played in SHRPO Main Event in the $5,300 No-Limit Hold’em and ranked number one winning a cash prize of $1,446,710. In October, in the World Poker Tour Alpha8- London, he won the first position at the £60K in No-Limit Texas Hold’em Main Event. He bagged the prize money of $957,396 at the event. His net worth is thanks to all his victories.
7. Phil Hellmuth
Phill Hellmuth is a live Poker legend specializing in Texas Hold’em Poker tournaments and holds a record of 15 WSOP bracelets. He is also generally known as “The Poker Brat”. He is the first player to have won WSOP Main Event championship (1989) in Las Vegas and a WSOP Main Event (2012) in Europe. Phil's highest cashout payday in his career is about $2.6million. In 2018 he won the 15th WSOP bracelet in No-Limit Hold’em with a buy-in of $5,000 and took home the prize money of $485,082. Apart from titles and winning, Phil is an author of many bestselling books as well as a regular in televised cash games. Apart from being a Poker brat, he is not only one of the greatest names in Poker, but one of the strongest players with a deep insight into the game.
8. Bryn Kenney
Bryn Kenney is one of the outstanding Poker players who topped the all-time money list with more than $56million. Previously Kenney grew up playing Magic the gathering player, he switched to Poker and played his first cash tourney in 2007. In 2014, Kenney won his first WSOP bracelet in a $1,500 10-Game Mix 6-handed Event, and in all, has made seven final WSOP tables and cashed 32 times, including a 28th place in the 2010 Main Event. In April 2017, he won his largest single cash for $1.9 million and took another championship in a $100,000 Super High Roller in Monaco. In 2019, Kenney won a pair of Triton High Roller Events for a total of $3.1million. In the same year, he also finished runner-up in a crazy £1 million Triton Event for a $20.5 million payday. With Bryn Kenney, it is an immense talent and huge paydays.
9. Dan Smith
Dan Smith, a player from New Jersey, has become one of the most winning players in history. His first big tournament win came in 2008 when he won a Heartland Poker Tour title for $101,960. 2012 was a turning point in Dan’s life. Smith started the year with achievement in the Aussie Millions Poker Championship and won the $100,000 challenge event for $1.04 million. In the same year, he won three events for $521,580 at the EPT Monte Carlo. In August 2012, he won the EPT event in Barcelona for $1.2 million. The next year, Smith took down the WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic for $1.2 million. As of June 2020, he had $33 million in live tournament winnings. Apart from playing in Poker, he also works in many charity efforts.
10. Stephen Chidwick
Stephen Chidwick, a player from England, is one of the most successful card players of the last few years. He has spent a long time at the top of the Global Poker Index ranking. He started playing live tournaments in 2008 and won at a $1,000 PCA event for $88,760. Chidwick’s first six-figure score came in 2011 at WSOP, in a $10,000 Pot-Limit Hold’em event for $198,927. In 2019, he won his first WSOP bracelet in the High Roller event and won more than $1.6 million. As of November 2019, his total live Poker tournament winnings surpassed $32,300,000 ranking him first on the all-time money list in England and eight on the all-time money list.
These are the top 10 players who are the most successful in the world—the legends who play not only to succeed but also to inspire. If you are new to the online Poker game and want to try your Poker hand, register for free on Gamentio, practice for free until you feel confident about your game. Once you are familiar with the poker rules, skills and techniques, you can play cash games or tournaments with a minimum buy-in. And who knows your name could be on our future victor’s list.