A sport reaches its fame and prestige because of the sportsmen who commit to it.
Poker has grown massively over the years and a big part of it is due to the players who have made the sport famous and successful.
The Poker Hall Of Fame was introduced in 1979 and only the best are inducted in it. Let's find out who makes it into our hall of fame, so here are PokerNXT’s top 7 poker players of all time.
7) William Alex Foxen
Alex was 21 years old when he won his first World Series Of Poker circuit. Foxen has had over 50 money finishes in his career at tournaments like the WSOP, World Poker Tour and the European Poker Tour. He has also raked in over $ 16.1 million in lifetime winnings.
He was ranked number 1 on the Global Poker Index for a record 38 weeks straight between October 2018 and May 2019. He has been the #1 for 10 weeks now after regaining his position. Definitely hall of fame material.
6) Phillip Ivey
Known as the ‘Tiger Woods of Poker’ Phil Ivey is another poker great who makes it onto our list.
Phil is a bonafide poker legend. He has won 10 World Series Of Poker Bracelets, only behind Phil Hellmuth. He is also the youngest to do so.
He has made it to the WSOP final table 31 times and has had 75 money finishes in his career till now. His lifetime winnings are over an eye popping 28 million dollars, which is reason enough for his name to be here.
5) Phil Hellmuth
Phil ‘The Poker Brat’ Hellmuth Is one of America’s most successful poker players.
Phil has won 15 WSOP bracelets, making him the all-time leader. Phil has over 150 money finishes in his career and has made it to the WSOP final table 57 times.
His career winnings uptill now are over 23 million dollars. He has a notorious reputation for sitting at his tables long after they begin, maybe that's why he lasts till the end.
4) Justin Bonomo
Number 2 on the all time winnings list and number 4 on ours, Justin Bonomo is not just famous for his quirky hairstyles.
A serious poker player, Justin is the youngest player to play in the final of a televised event at the European Poker Tour at the French Open, placing 4th at the age of just 19. He also has 3 WSOP bracelets and over 65 money finishes in his career.
With his massive pool of winning, which is over 48 million dollars, He is guaranteed a spot on our list.
3) Daniel Negreanu
Daniel Negreanu is a Canadian poker player who is widely regarded to be one of the best poker players of his generation.
Better known in the circuit as ‘Kid Poker’, Daniel Negreanu was named as the player of the decade in 2014 by the Global Poker Index. Negreanu has won 6 bracelets at the WSOP and 2 World Poker Tours. He has reached the final table at competitions like the WSOP, World Poker Tour, European Poker Tour over 60 times.
He has over 160 money finishes at various tournaments, amounting to roughly 41 million dollars, which made him the all time chip leader before he was overtaken by Justin Bonomo. He is an all time legend and deserves the number 3 spot.
2) Johnny Moss
Johnny Moss has a legendary status amongst poker players today.
‘The Grand Old Man Of Poker’ Johnny Moss was the winner of the inaugural World Series Of Poker. He was voted as the winner by secret ballot. He has 9 bracelets and 25 money finishes at the WSOP.
Johnny Moss was one of the charter inductees into the Poker Hall Of Fame. His lifetime winnings up until his death in 1995 was roughly 1.2 million dollars. His nickname lives up to his reputation because he still remains the oldest player to win a bracelet at the World Series Of Poker.
1) Benny Binion
Lester Ben Binion or Benny Binion as he is known, has to be number 1 on this list.
Benny Binion does not have the stats that others on the list do, but he was the founder of the World Series Of Poker as it is today. Benny conducted the first WSOP by inviting 7 players to his casino called Binion's Horseshoe.
His legal winnings were said to be only 5000 dollars but he is said to have played games worth 2 million with his friends, Johnny Moss and Nick Dandalos.
His inception shaped poker as it is today, which gives him the top spot on our list.
(All informations is updated upto 2nd March 2020)Cover Photo by Dylan Clifton on Unsplash