Best online poker players – Top 10
Top 10 Poker Players in the World
1. Phil Ivey
Widely considered one of the best online poker players alive, Phil Ivey is often called the “Tiger Woods of Poker.” Another Ivey’s less-flattering nickname is “No Home Jerome,” which he got during the early days of his career when he used to spend his entire days and nights grinding poker tables at Atlantic City casinos using a fake ID.
Ivey was born in 1976 in California and during his career he’s achieved pretty much everything a poker player could dream about, including being introduced to Poker Hall of Fame in 2017, as soon as he met the age requirements.
When it comes to tournaments, Phil Ivey has amassed staggering live winnings of nearly $24,000,000, with a lot of years of play still ahead of him. With 10 WSOP bracelets under his belt, it isn’t hard to see why he was one of the guaranteed candidates for the Hall of Fame.
Ivey has also dominated the world of high stakes cash games, online and live both, for years now. He peaked during the glory days of Full Tilt poker, but lately he’s been sticking mostly to live games in Macau. Occasionally, he can still be found playing nosebleeds at PokerStars playing as ‘RaiseOnce.’
2. Daniel Negreanu
Easily one of the most-recognized faces in the world of poker, Daniel “Kid Poker” Negreanu has been the dominant force at the tables for years. Hailing from Canada, Negreanu created some controversy in the community a couple of years ago, when he acquired the US citizenship, primarily because he was keen on voting against Trump.
Negreanu’s life path started back in 1974 in Toronto, Canada. At the age of 16, he was already a part of the gambling world, hustling at the pool tables. Not long after, he discovered poker, which would become his biggest love and, subsequently, a life-long career.
When he turned 21, Daniel arrived to Las Vegas and he never looked back. Due to his young age, people started calling him ‘Kid Poker,’ and that’s the nickname that stuck to this day. During his career, Negreanu has amassed more than $34,000,000 in live tournament earnings, and his best cash, to the tune of $8.2 million, came from the second-place finish in the $1,000,000 The Big One for One Drop WSOP event in 2014.
A member of the Poker Hall of Fame, ‘Kid Poker’ is also the face of the biggest online poker room, PokerStars, and that’s where you’ll often find him if you’d like to play a few hands against one of the best in the business.
3. Chris Moorman
Chris Moorman belongs to the younger generation of poker players who achieved most of their success playing online. Born in 1985 in the UK, Moorman discovered his competitive nature early on in the life. He started playing bridge when he was just 11, and found great success doing it. From there, he moved onto pool and, eventually poker, the game he fell in love with.
From that point on, there was no looking back for Chris, who started to dominate online tournaments, quickly rising up through the ranks. He is widely considered the most successful online tournament player, and he was the first one to eclipse the $13 million mark in online tournament earnings.
As for his live successes, Moorman has done well for himself as well, earning more than $5,000,000 over the course of his career, with his best cash being just over one million. That one came from finishing runner-up in the WSOP Europe Main Event in 2011.
These days, Moorman is the face of 888poker, where he plays as ‘Moorman1,’ and you’ll find him in all the big (and many smaller) tournaments, doing what he does best. In addition to his career as a player, he also published a very successful book under the creative title “Moorman’s Book of Poker.”
4. Sam Trickett
Born in 1986 in East Retford, England, Sam Trickett is one of the best-known names in poker, although he hasn’t been as active recently. Trickett had a promising football career in front of him, but a devastating knee injury put a stop on those dreams. The competitive spirit that he was, Sam refused to surrender to his destiny and started looking for new battling venues.
He discovered poker in 2005, when he was invited to play in a friendly game held at a local bar. Sam was hooked immediately, like so many other successful players from his generations, and he started to play regularly, improving his game as he went along.
He had many small successes back home and got to meet many fellow players who helped him along the way. In 2007, he went to Las Vegas for the first time, but that visit didn’t produce much in terms of results. The next year, however, he managed to finish 4th in the $5,000 event, earning his first big live score of $245,000.
From then on, Trickett went on to amass more than $20,000,000 in live tournament earnings, his biggest score coming from the 2nd place finish in the 2012 Big One for One Drop event. In that tournament alone, Trickett won $10.1. million.
Sam Trickett is now one of the ambassadors for Party Poker, where he plays using an easy to remember ‘SamTrickett’ alias.
5. Doug Polk
Doug Polk was born in 1988 in the US, and he is one of the most recognized names in the online poker community. Playing under alias ‘WCGRider,’ Polk used to specialize in heads up no limit Hold’em, and he was considered the best heads up player around for a long time.
Polk started his poker career during his college days and, after discovering poker, he decided to drop out and fully focus on the game. In many ways, his is a true story of poker success, as he started grinding the smallest limits, moving up through the stakes and learning a lot during his journey.
Focusing mostly on online cash, Polk has won well over $2,000,000 over the course of his career, playing in the highest games around. Lately, he’s also had some successes in online poker tournaments as well.
As for his live performance, his tournament earnings are close to $9,000,000, with his biggest score being the $3.7 million for the victory in the 2017 High Roller for One Drop event. He has three WSOP bracelets to his name.
Spending most of his time at home, Polk mostly plays on the regulated US sites, but he occasionally travels to Canada to play at PokerStars and Party Poker during big tournament series, such as WCOOP and SCOOP.
6. Viktor Blom
Viktor ‘Isiludr1’ Blom has the legendary status in the online poker community. Born in 1990 in Sweden, Blom took the world of high stakes by storm in late 2009, when he first appeared as ‘Isildur1’ on Full Tilt Poker. In November of the same year, the unknown player (at the time) started challenging some of the best in the game, like Phil Ivey, Tom Dwan, and Patrik Antonious, playing them at the highest stakes around.
For a short period, Blom was beating everyone left and right, creating confusion in the community and joy among many fans. His high stakes battles were epic. Although he ended up giving all his winnings back, and then some, ‘Isildur1’ remained the legend of the internet poker.
Later on, his identity was revealed as Viktor Blom, and the world finally found out who was behind one of the most notorious aliases to have ever existed. Since then, he continued to play high stakes, and these days he mostly play at PokerStars, but he’s never been able to repeat the 2009 run.
As for his live results, Blom has $1.7 million in tournament earnings, most of which came from his victory in the 2012 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure Super High Roller event.
7. Mike Sexton
Mike Sexton may not be the best poker player around in terms of the results, but he is undoubtedly one of the best known faces in the industry. A Hall of Fame member and a renowned poker commentator, over the years Sexton has shown that he can talk the talk and walk the walk.
Sexton was born in the USA in 1947. After trying his hand being a salesman, Sexton turned to poker in 1977, frequenting tournament circuit as much as he could. Over the years, he amassed $6.5 million in live tournament earnings, with his biggest success coming in 2006, when he won $1,000,000 taking down the Tournament of Champions in Las Vegas. His first and only WSOP bracelet to this day came in 1989, in a Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo event.
However, Sexton is better known to the wider poker public as a poker commentator and announcer, the role which earned him the nickname of the “Ambassador of Poker.” He’s been a part of Party Poker team since 2002, announcing action at their events and occasionally playing himself as well. Sexton also occasionally plays at Party Poker online tables, under the alias ‘Mike-Sexton.’
8. Dominik Nitsche
Born in 1990 in Germany, Dominik Nitsche is another representative of the young guard of poker players. Nitsche discovered poker at the young age of 16 and, like many of his contemporaries, he made his first steps online.
The charismatic young player entered his first live tournament in 2009, and started things with the bang, winning an event at the Latin American Poker Tour taking place in Argentina. Although the score of $381,000 wasn’t that huge, it was an important encouragement for young Nitsche who was at the start of his career.
Since 2009, Dominik Nitsche went on to win well over $6.7 million playing live tournaments. His biggest win came in 2012, when he came first in a $1,000 WSOP event, earning $654,000 for his efforts. He has had many more six-figure scores, and many more are certainly yet to come.
Nitsche also has three WSOP bracelets to his name already, which is a clear sign that his career will leave a significant mark in poker history. He is also a member of the 888poker team of ambassadors, so if you’d like to try your luck against the young German, this is where you’ll often find him.
9. Vanessa Selbst
Vanessa Selbst is the best female poker player alive with many impressive results in her poker resume. Hailing from Brooklyn, New York, Selbst first found online poker, before transitioning to live events in 2007. Selbst also stands out from the crowd as she has the law degree from Yale Law School.
While many things could be said about Vanessa, her results best speak for themselves. Over the course of her career, she managed to cash for nearly $12,000,000 in live tournaments, and she’s still going strong. Her biggest cash came after the victory in 2010 Partouche Poker Tour Main Event in Cannes, where she earned $1.8 million.
In terms of World Series of Poker, Selbst has three bracelets to her name, and she is the only woman to win three bracelets in open WSOP events. This is just another proof of her talent and deep poker knowledge, putting her in the company of the best poker players out there.
She is also the member of Team PokerStars where she plays as ‘V. Selbst.’ So, whether you want to try your skills against one of the best in the game or you just want to know how to avoid, now you have all the information you need.
10. Phil Hellmuth
Phil Hellmuth, aka ‘The Poker Brat,’ is the man we all know and love (or hate) from his memorable TV appearances. Beyond any doubt, Hellmuth is the most decorated poker player around, having 14 WSOP bracelets to his name, being a member of the Poker Hall of Fame, and much more.
Phil Hellmuth Jr. was born in 1964 in Wisconsin. He discovered poker at the young age and he went on to become one of the most successful people to have ever played the game. In 1989, he won the WSOP Main Event when he was just 24, becoming the youngest-ever winner at the time. It took nearly two decades for this record to be broken.
Over the course of his career, Hellmuth has won well over $21 million playing tournaments, standing the test of time and earning his place in the Poker Hall of Fame. However, despite all of his results, he is best known for his behavior at the tables, heavy tilting, and funny outbursts, which earned him the nickname ‘The Poker Brat.’ Hellmuth has always endorsed this nickname, even if it isn’t the most flattering one, as he is well aware of his personality.
He doesn’t play online that much, but occasionally you’ll find him at PokerStars during some of the big events like WCOOP.