The best poker players in the world have been at the card table for years. Many of them have been grinding away since long before the movie Rounders made poker look so cool and before Chris Moneymaker’s World Series of Poker win put Texas Hold ‘Em in the national consciousness.
While many of these players have made a lot of money — famous players like Daniel Negreanu, Antonio Esfandiari, and Jason Mercier, among them — the top poker players ever are not necessarily the highest earning players. Poker is a game of skill and talent, as much as luck, and players like Doyle Brunson and Amarillo Slim made their bones well before the big outside money came to the game.
So which of these professional cards players belongs at the top of the list? Who are the all-time best poker players who deserve the most respect at the card table? And which of these players has earned the title of best poker player of all-time? Vote below and make your picks known.