5 Biggest Poker Players in the World Today

These players have become celebrities featuring in top poker TV shows and featuring red carpet events.

With the phenomenal growth of the online gambling industry, developers keep coming up with new variations of poker. This popularity of poker has seen the emergence of professional players raking in millions in winnings.

Poker Entertainment Industry

Today, poker has evolved into an entertainment industry on its own with incredible poker TV shows boasting a global audience. Online casinos have also made it easier for players to enjoy poker from any location and at any time.

Some of the popular poker TV shows include The World Series of Poker (ESPN), all-day poker channel on SKY, to UK Poker Championships and Pokerstars TV show.

Others are Poker Central, European Poker Tour, The Big Game, The Shark Cage, High Stakes Poker on GSN, Poker After Dark on NBC, and The World Poker Tour. In all these shows, you have professional poker players pitted against their peers or other popular personalities.

Best Poker Players Today

If you love poker, it is good to get inspiration from some of the best professional players in the world. Today, some of these stars include:

1. Justin Bonomo's

With total live poker earnings of over $44,040,711, Justin Bonomo's ranks as one of the top poker players in the world today. His journey started at an early age of 16 years at Paradise Poker, where he won $10,000 from a deposit of $500. Bonomo is a three-time WSOP bracelet winner and has participated in most major poker tournaments winning in many of these. At the WSOP Big One for One Drop in July 2018, he shocked the gambling world with his $10,000,000 prize win.

2. Daniel Negreanu

While Bonomo wins the poker player of the year, Daniel Negreanu wins the Poker Player of the Decade due to his consistency. With total winnings of $39,830,195, Negreanu is one of the most popular poker players. His stock rose after winning $8.28m at the 2014 WSOP at the Big One for One Drop. He is also the only player to win World Series bracelets in Las Vegas, Europe, and Australia.

3. Phil Ivey

Many call him the Tiger Woods of poker ever since his first WSOP bracelet in 2000. Phil started playing at an early age of 15 years using a fake name. In live tournaments, Ivey has raked in over $26 million and boasts 10 WSOP bracelets. His talent saw him elected to the Poker Hall of Fame and despite the controversy surrounding his kind of game, he continues dominating at poker.

4. Erik Seidel

In the world of poker, Erik Seidel holds a lot of respect due to his professionalism. Over the years, he has won $34,782,419 and amazing 8 WSOP bracelet wins. Since 2010, he has been a member of the Poker Hall of Fame and his reserved demeanor makes him one of the best players to watch. He’s a true role model to younger professional players.

5. Fedor Holz

For young poker players looking to go professional, Fedor Holz is the guy to look up to in the industry. The young German is 25 years but has $32,556,379 winnings on his chest. His first WSOP bracelet came in 2016 as he won $111,111 at the No-Limit Hold'em for One Drop.

Final Thoughts

If you are looking for inspiration to become a better poker player, you can start by learning more about these poker greats. You should also take every opportunity to learn by playing free games online.