Although professional poker players lag way behind other sports stars in the popular recognition stakes, professional competitions have long been thriving events and a little fame and a lot of fortune are available to those who rise to the top of the rankings. It’s hard to measure exactly who’s the best poker player – is it by tournaments won? Total prize money? Subjective playing skill and style? – but however you measure it, here are four professional poker players who deserve to be included in any ‘greatest players of all time’ list.
A veteran of both the cash game and tournament circuits, this disarmingly unassuming man is lethal at the poker table. Although now somewhat past his prime, he continues to terrorise younger players and keep up with the speed of the modern game, and will be remembered for his years of dominance of professional poker.
One of the younger, more aggressive generation of poker players who are given full respect by older legends. After discovering the game online with internet poker, he slowly built up a large bankroll and continues to win big at most of the tables he sits down at. Young, aggressive, clever and fearless, it’s expected he will continue to leave his mark on the professional circuit for years to come.
A legend of the 1980s and 1990s, he earned his nickname of the Orient Express through his attacking and aggressive playing style. Still a regular at professional events, he has certainly earned the right to be considered one of the all-time greats.
Widely considered to be one of the greatest poker players of all time, Chip won millions in both cash games and tournaments, playing all over the world. Known and loved not only for his skill and success but for his sporting nature and commitment to poker, his legacy as a poker giant lives on.