It’s no secret that there is a lot of fun to be had with casino games. But the fun only usually comes if you are betting responsibly and getting skilled enough to get to win some games. Whether you’re playing blackjack with coins, roulette with chips or Bitcoin slots, you’ll always want to increase your stack.
In poker, the amount and rate at which players earn money will vary drastically, depending on whether they are playing tournaments or cash games. But there are some players out there who are just plain amazing at whatever medium they choose.
Following on from our feature of the most successful female poker players in the world, here are the elite players in world poker right now.
Daniel Negreanu was nominated the Global Poker Index player of the decade on the strength of dependably impressive performances on the felt. His largest live cash win to date was the $8.28m he took for finishing runner-up to Daniel Colman in the Big One for One Drop at the World Series of Poker. Negreanu is also the only player to win World Series bracelets in Las Vegas, Europe and Australia.
Negreanu has become a famous figure. This is due to his multiple TV tournament wins and the fact that numerous poker awards have been bestowed upon him. He has been able to capitalise on that success with various promotions and endorsements. As one of the most famous players, he is also one of the most analysed and his style is considered somewhat unconventional and risky.
Not just a Texas Hold’em tournament player, Negreanu places considerable emphasis on the merits of playing many different forms of poker. And he practices what he preaches; he can hold his own against specialists in other poker variants. He has his own website where you’ll find poker tips, videos, a blog, a forum and even a trophy room.
One of the most well-liked poker players on the live tournament scene, Esfandiari ‘The Magician’ is known for his extravagant chip tricks. He has appeared on several TV shows and even some movies alongside Robert De Niro, Justin Timberlake and Bruce Willis.
The Iranian-born pro has made six figures every single year since 2004 and has two World Poker Tour titles to go with his three World Series of Poker bracelets. On July 3, 2012, Esfandiari beat 47 other players to win the largest buy-in tournament in history, the Big One for One Drop. He earned a cool $18,346,673 and turned himself into a household name.
His style is very aggressive, with the intention to push the pressure onto the other player and force a mistake. It’s clearly a successful strategy but can mean that Esfandiari is either out on the first day of a tournament or at the final table. There is no middle ground between the two.
Seidel was runner-up to the legendary Johnny Chan in his first major tournament, the 1988 World Series of Poker main event. His final hand that day has become poker legend and was featured in the Matt Damon and Edward Norton movie Rounders.
His best career year came in 2011, with million-dollar prizes on two continents highlighting a prodigious year in which he took home more than $6.5m. Seidel has eight World Series bracelets and is a 2010 Poker Hall of Fame inductee.
He has an adaptive style and reads the game rather than trying to impose his will on the play. It’s made him a consistently big earner on the scene for decades.
Dubbed the Tiger Woods of golf due to a similar appearance to the golfer, Ivey first began to develop his poker skills in the late 90s. He also developed the nickname ‘No Home Jerome’ from the ID card he used during his underage playing days.
Ivey has been pronounced as one of the best poker talents around, won his first bracelet in 2000 and has gone on to accumulate 10 World Series of Poker bracelets. Ivey is currently tied with Doyle Brunson and Johnny Chan for the second most all-time number of bracelets won. And at the age of 38, he is the youngest player to ever win ten.
In the 2012 Aussie Millions he took A$2,000,000, then in the same competition in 2014 took away the biggest win of his career with A$4,000,000 and repeated the trick in 2015 with A$2,205,000.
Ivey is an aggressive tournament player and will raise a lot pre-flop because he has the post flop talent to read the game and the player.