The Best Poker Players Of All Time

Over 200 Ranker voters have come together to rank this list of The Best Poker Players Of All Time
Voting Rules
Vote up the poker players who have had the most success at the card table.

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.

Most divisive: Barry Greenstein
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  • Daniel Negreanu
    167 votes
    • Age: 49
    • Birthplace: Toronto, Canada

    Inducted into Poker Hall of Fame: 2014

  • Phil Ivey
    United States of America
    162 votes
    • Age: 47
    • Birthplace: USA, Riverside, California

    Inducted into Poker Hall of Fame: 2017

  • Doyle Brunson
    United States of America
    106 votes
    • Age: 90
    • Birthplace: Texas, USA, Longworth

    Inducted into Poker Hall of Fame: 1988

  • Stu Ungar
    United States of America
    83 votes
    • Age: Dec. at 45 (1953-1998)
    • Birthplace: New York City, New York

    Inducted into Poker Hall of Fame: 2001

  • Phil Hellmuth
    United States of America
    130 votes
    • Age: 59
    • Birthplace: Madison, USA, Wisconsin

    Inducted into Poker Hall of Fame: 2007

  • Tom Dwan
    United States of America
    72 votes
    • Age: 37
    • Birthplace: Edison, New Jersey