A show of appreciation to some of the best poker players of all-time
The money you can win in professional poker is significant, which is why so many casual players are desperate to take the steps required to become an elite player. Making this leap is far from easy however. Many players have tried and failed.
There’s a big difference between playing poker for fun and playing it in a competitive environment against professional players. It’s not exactly the same as playing the games you usually see by going to a classic casino online; in fact, it’s a whole different ball game when you are making decision whilst sat across the table from the likes of Mikita Bodziakouski or Phil Ivey.
The poker world has been graced with some remarkable players over the years who have managed to make this step up. We thought they deserved some praise, so here’s a look at some of the very best of them. Perhaps you can make the step up next?
A major player on the high roller poker scene and, at the time of writing, with estimated earnings of $34.4 million, Stephen Chidwick is considered by his peers to be the best poker player in the world at this moment in time. His first World Series of Poker bracelet at the 2019 WSOP was a particular highlight, as has been his impressive longevity at the top of the Global Poker Index player rankings. The Englishman from Deal in Kent and currently sits number 2 on the GPI.
Justin Bonomo has propelled himself to the top of many peoples’ all-time lists in recent times, especially after coming out on top in the 2018 WSOP $1million Big One for One Drop. His $10 million prize saw him jump right to the top of the earnings list, with an estimated $45million to his name on Hendon Mob. A three-time WSOP bracelet winner too, Bonomo certainly knows how to grind out results and take down big tournaments. A formidable player who currently sits 2nd on the all time money list, he simply had to make the list.
German Fedor Holz is, without a doubt, one of the best players poker has seen. His earnings of $21million between 2016 and 2017 was the result of an incredible run, as was his 2nd place finish behind Justin Bonomo in the 2018 WSOP Big One for One Drop. With estimated earnings of around $32.6million, the 26-year-old German has had a remarkable career so far.
2019 was a great year for Bryn Kenney, where he picked up a cool $20,563,324 for finishing 3nd at Triton Million. More successes have come his way since, which have cemented his position at the top of the all time money list. Kenney also won a WSOP bracelet in 2014, alongside making numerous final tables at big tournaments. Known for his innate hand reading ability, in particular, Bryn Kenney is undoubtedly an all-time great.
An experienced player who made a name for himself being one of the original players from New York City’s Mayfair Club, Erik Seidel has won eight WSOP bracelets, alongside receiving his single largest cash of his illustrious career of $2.5 million at the 2011 Aussie Millions Poker Championship $250k Super High Roller. The New Yorker has also been inducted into the Poker Hall of Fame. If you’re looking for a poker legend, then look no further than Erik Seidel.