Top 5 Poker Players Today

The best poker players in the world are the ones who can deliver in any situation or setting. There are a few names that have been doing it for decades, while others have recently joined the scene with their displays of dominance. All of them call themselves the best poker players in the world.
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Unlike playing in a casino online, there is something special about sitting down at the poker table and getting into the heart of the action. Then again, you may find yourself in a sea of sharks depending on the game.

There are five poker players who transcend the popularity of online casino games and dominate the felt as only the best poker players in the world can.

Phil Ivey

Ivey may very well be the most famous and best poker player ever. He rose to prominence during the poker boom of the 2000s and has since become the face of Full Tilt Poker. The ten WSOP bracelets certainly don’t hurt his case, either. In 2022 alone, Ivey cashed almost $6 million, making him one of the most successful players ever.

Benny Glaser

Though he may not be the name that Ivey is, Glaser has become a mixed game specialist rather than getting involved in the traditional world of No Limit Texas Hold’em. He’s had success in person and online, winning four British WSOP bracelets. Since 2015, he has become one of the best poker players going, becoming arguably the best in the online realm.

Daniel ‘Jungleman’ Cates

A college dropout turned poker player, Cates had won more than $11 million in online poker by 2011. Cates has since moved into the live environment, winning the WSOP $50,000 Players Championship event in 2021 and 2022. With $11 million in live tournament cashes since, he’s easily become one of the top names in the world.

Jason Koon

Koon, an American, is sixth on the all-time winnings list, having accumulated more than $41 million just from live poker. He left Party Poker to represent GG Poker and has become perhaps the most consistent super high roller performer out there. Don’t let the one WSOP bracelet fool you, either. He won $18 million in high roller events a year ago and he defeated the legendary Phil Hellmuth in Poker Go’s High Stakes Duel III to win $1.6 million. 

Stephen Chidwick

The Englishman Chidwick is currently fourth on the all-time money list but often flies under the radar. He consistently finishes highly in tournaments but keeps a low profile. With one bracelet, more than 20 top 10 finishes, and a whopping 64 finishes in the money at the WSOP, it’s hard to argue with the resume Chidwick puts together.

Conclusion

Though the landscape has changed from the times of Doyle Brunson, Daniel Negreanu, and others who dominated the early 2000s poker scene, there are still dominant names running the show. With millions in winnings and consistent finishes at the WSOP, it is easy to see why these players qualify as some of the best in the world.

Noah has worked in the iGaming space for more than five years, first as a freelancer and now as part of Duluth Media. He’s experienced in all facets of the industry and has covered plenty of sports.

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