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The Best Poker Players Of All Time  

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501 votes 22 voters 80 items

List 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.

list ordered by
1
Johnny Chan is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Poker Players Of All Time
China

Inducted into Poker Hall of Fame: 2002

2
Phil Ivey is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Poker Players Of All Time
United States of America

Inducted into Poker Hall of Fame: 2017

3
Johnny Moss is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Poker Players Of All Time
United States of America

Inducted into Poker Hall of Fame: 1979

4
Daniel Negreanu is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Poker Players Of All Time
Canada

Inducted into Poker Hall of Fame: 2014

5
Doyle Brunson is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Poker Players Of All Time
United States of America

Inducted into Poker Hall of Fame: 1988

6
Stu Ungar is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Poker Players Of All Time
United States of America

Inducted into Poker Hall of Fame: 2001

7
Amarillo Slim is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Poker Players Of All Time
United States of America

Inducted into Poker Hall of Fame: 1992

8
Gus Hansen is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Poker Players Of All Time
Denmark
9
Antonio Esfandiari is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Poker Players Of All Time
10
Phil Hellmuth is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Poker Players Of All Time
United States of America

Inducted into Poker Hall of Fame: 2007

11
Jennifer Harman is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Poker Players Of All Time
United States of America

Inducted into Poker Hall of Fame: 2015

12
John Hennigan is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Poker Players Of All Time
United States of America

Inducted into Poker Hall of Fame: 2018

13
Tom Dwan is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Poker Players Of All Time
United States of America
14
Chip Reese is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Poker Players Of All Time
United States of America

Inducted into Poker Hall of Fame: 1991

15
Patrik Antonius is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Poker Players Of All Time
Finland
16
Barry Greenstein is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Poker Players Of All Time
United States of America

Inducted into Poker Hall of Fame: 2011

17
Chris Ferguson is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Poker Players Of All Time
United States of America
18
Erik Seidel is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Poker Players Of All Time
United States of America

Inducted into Poker Hall of Fame: 2010

19
Dan Harrington is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Poker Players Of All Time
United States of America

Inducted into Poker Hall of Fame: 2010

20
Jason Mercier is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Poker Players Of All Time
United States of America
21
John Juanda is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Poker Players Of All Time
Indonesia

Inducted into Poker Hall of Fame: 2015

22
Isaac Haxton is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Poker Players Of All Time
Isaac Haxton United States of America
23
Bryn Kenney is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Poker Players Of All Time
Bryn Kenney United States of America
24
T. J. Cloutier is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Poker Players Of All Time
United States of America

Inducted into Poker Hall of Fame: 2006

25
Huck Seed is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Poker Players Of All Time
United States of America