Ever wanted something more than those Friday night poker games with your friends? Ever wanted a game of poker that is more than fun and camaraderie? Well, there are a number of people who believe poker to be serious business and they actually make serious money out of it as well. Playing the game on the big stage, calling the shots and beating some of the greatest pros in the world is something that many guys dream of, but something that very few manage to achieve. Here is a list of the top 5 male poker players in the world.
01. Phil Ivey
Phillip D. Ivey, popularly known as Phil, boasts of having 11 World Poker Tour title and 7 World Series of Poker bracelets. Known as the Tiger Woods of the Poker world, Phil has participated in a total of 8 World Poker Tour finals. With earnings of more than 12 million from poker, he is currently ranked at the very top of the list of top poker players in the world. No doubt that he is one of the most feared cash game players in the world of poker.
02. Antonio Esfandiari
Antonio Esfandiari is famous as the youngest ever poker player to be named as the champion of the World Poker Tour. He was born in Tehran with the name of Amir Esfandiari and changed his name after shifting to San Jose. Antonio is particularly famous for his skills and is never afraid of losing the game. Popularly known as the magician in the poker world, he has a unique way of multiplying his chips for the camera.
Erik Seidel started out his journeys in one of those backgammon tournaments before taking his skills to the stock market and finally to the game of poker. Erik managed to achieve name and fame with his very first major poker tournament, the 1988 World Series of Poker. He has amassed 7 World Series of Poker bracelets and presently resides in Las Vegas.
04. Daniel Negreanu
Daniel Negreanu is a Canadian born poker player who boasts of having 2 World Poker Tour titles and 4 World Series of Poker bracelets under his bet. Daniel is famous as the most liked player in poker and is also known for his extremely friendly nature and unique poker talents. Daniel was appointed as the Poker Ambassador by Wynn Las Vegas, which allowed him to play for any stakes at the casino. Daniel has also taught at the Poker School Online and has given personal poker lessons to celebrities like Tobey Maguire.
05. Phil Hellmuth
Phil Hellmuth, famous for being a poker brat, boasts of a mammoth 11 World Series of Poker bracelets. He is considered to be a living legend and is one of the only 3 players in the history of poker to get 10 WSOP bracelets. However, what makes Phil even better is that all WSOP wins made by him have been in Texas Hold’em events. Hellmuth became the youngest ever player to win a World Series of Poker Main Event in the year 1989 after defeating the then champion Johnny Chan at the age of just 24.