40 Most Interesting Poker Players in the World
Let’s take a look at some of the top and most interesting poker players in the world. (Click on images to read player bios)
Phil Hellmuth is one of the most accomplished tournament players ever and has held the WSOP bracelet record since 2012. “The Poker Brat” is often “bratty” at the table and is known to berate other players. But he’s also one of the friendliest players away from the table and has used his poker celebrity to help various charities raise millions of dollars.
Viktor Blom is one of the most aggressive and loose online high-stakes poker players ever and has won and lost millions of dollars, sometimes in just one day, playing on PokerStars and FTP over the years under screen name “Isildur1.”
Vanessa Selbst was a long-time PokerStars Team Pro member prior to resigning from that role in 2017 to work for a hedge fund. She’s considered one of the greatest women poker players in history and should not be confused with Doug Polk.
Tony Dunst replaced Mike Sexton as the lead commentator on WPT broadcasts for Fox Sports in 2018. He’s also a skilled player having won WPT and WSOP titles.
Tom “durrrr” Dwan is an online poker legend who transitioned to live poker in 2009 and quickly became one of poker’s most popular players. Although he no longer competes on the tournament circuit regularly, durrrr remains an absolute legend.
Tim “TheTrooper97” Watts is one of the original poker vloggers. He grinds the low stakes cash games in Las Vegas and is a coffee addict, visiting Starbucks for a boost of energy in nearly all of his vlog posts.
Steffen “Goose” Sontheimer is part of the young German assault on the poker world. Goose made a mockery of his opponents during the 2017 Poker Masters series, winning three events.
Scott Seiver has been a feared player on the high-stakes circuit for many years. He is one of the rare players who thrives both in tournaments and cash games.
Ryan Riess is one of the most talented players to win the WSOP Main Event in the post-Moneymaker era. The 2013 world champion and avid Michigan State Spartans fan has proven he is no Jerry Yang and that his big win was no fluke.
Rainer Kempe is one of the young German superstars who have taken the poker world by storm. Kempe’s biggest win came in the 2017 Super High Roller Bowl, defeating fellow German star Fedor Holz heads-up to win the $5 million.
Phil Ivey is forever a legend in the poker world even though he’s been hiding out in Macau playing the highest stakes cash games in the world for the past few years. “The Tiger Woods of Poker” was arguably the best player in the world from 2003-2014. And, heck, he still might be.
Patrik Antonius was one of the most feared online high-stakes grinders during the poker boom era on Full Tilt. He played in the biggest cash games and wasn’t afraid to pull off a sick bluff in a six-figure pot.
Parker “tonkaaaap” Talbot is a Canadian online poker player who made a name for himself by crushing MTT’s online while livestreaming on Twitch. Tonka is an 888poker ambassador and a poker coach for Doug Polk’s Upswing Poker site.
Mike Sexton has one of the most familiar faces in poker. The long-time commentator for the WPT is now an executive with partypoker, the site he helped launch in 2000. On the felt, Sexton is one of the top old-school poker players ever.
Mike Matusow, aka “The Mouth,” has quite a big mouth on social media and the felt. But he does most of his talking with his chips.
Liv Boeree isn’t just great for a woman. She’s great…period. The PokerStars Team Pro won the EPT Main Event in 2010 for $1.6 million and has continued her success in tournaments and cash games ever since.
Kristen Bicknell won the 2017 GPI Female Player of the Year Award at the American Poker Awards. Her talents are tough to top and her resume includes a WSOP bracelet and numerous other cashes.
Justin Bonomo, once considered an online cheater, has been a consistent performer on the high-stakes circuit. The pink haired liberal has over $25 million in lifetime tournament winnings, and that doesn’t include the millions he’s won online.
Joey Ingram hosts one of the most popular poker podcasts on his YouTube channel. As a player, he’s crushed the online PLO games, his favorite game, for years.
Jennifer Tilly is more than an Academy Award-nominated actress. Phil Laak’s better half is also an accomplished poker player who isn’t afraid to hop into a high-stakes cash game against some of the best players in the world.
Jennifer Harman is considered by many to be the greatest female poker player ever. Away from the felt, she’s an advocate for animal rights and promotes her cause through various charity poker tournaments.
Jason Somerville founded the annual Run It Up Reno poker series. The PokerStars Team Pro member has been one of poker’s best ambassadors. Jason livestreams frequently on his Twitch channel where he shows off he’s more than just an ambassador: he’s also a pretty dang good poker player.
Isaac Haxton is one of the smartest players in the game. Now a partypoker pro (formerly with PokerStars), Ike has won at the highest level online and in live tournaments.
Gus freakin’ Hansen is a living legend. “The Great Dane” was one of the most entertaining players to watch on TV during the poker boom era. He’s accumulated bigger losses online than any other player in history but he always entertains.
Fedor Holz is another young German sensation who is difficult to compete against. By age 23, he had already accumulated more than $21 million in tournament winnings. During the summer of 2016, Fedor had three seven-figure cashes. He then “retired” from poker to invest his money elsewhere but still competes in most major events.
Erik Seidel is one of the few poker boom era greats who continues to perform at a high level. He’s the second all-time winningest tournament player behind Daniel Negreanu.
Doyle Brunson is the “Godfather of Poker.” He won 10 WSOP bracelets, a record until Phil Hellmuth broke it in 2012, and continues to play in high-stakes cash games at Bellagio even in his 80s.
Doug Polk won the 2017 WSOP One Drop High Roller, his greatest accomplishment which says a lot considering he’s one of the top heads-up players in online poker history. In his late 20s, he’s found other ways to invest his money, in cryptocurrency and his Upswing Poker site that teaches players how to become great at poker. Doug has two popular YouTube channels (poker and crypto) and his fans love his brutally honest mentality.
Darren Elias is a legend on the World Poker Tour. Not only does he have multiple WPT titles, but he always seems to be in contention late in WPT events.
Faraz Jaka has won millions playing poker but became famous for being homeless. Dubbed the “Homeless Millionaire,” for obvious reasons (duh!), Jaka is one of the friendliest players at the table, but should never be underestimated.
Daniel Negreanu needs no introduction. Kid Poker is the game’s all-time winningest tournament player and has been one of poker’s top ambassadors for more than a dozen years.
Dan Smith is one of the best players to have never won a WSOP bracelet. But his true contribution to the game is the millions of dollars he’s raised for various charities.
Dan Bilzerian claims to have won $50 million playing poker. Literally no one believes him, but he’s rich thanks to an inheritance that he claims he never received (yeah, right).
Bryn Kenney nearly won the 2017 GPI Player of the Year, but had to settle for American Player of the Year. Not a bad consolation prize for one of the most consistent tournament players in the world.
Brian Rast has been crushing it ever since he burst onto the scene more than a decade ago. The WSOP bracelet winner is best known for scooping the 2015 Super High Roller Bowl for a whopping $7.5 million.
Bill Perkins is a hedge fund manager who is worth over $1 billion. He’s also a regular in high-stakes cash games and tournaments.
Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier, a partypoker Team Pro (formerly with PokerStars), is an all-around talented individual. ElkY wins big online, in cash games, and was once the top ranked competitive gamer in the world.
Barry Greenstein is one of the most popular players from the poker boom era. He’s considered one of the best stud cash game players in history and has appeared on numerous televised poker shows over the years.
Antonio Esfandiari holds the record for biggest win in a tournament. “The Magician,” a name given to him years ago because he was literally a magician before discovering poker, won the $1 million buy-in WSOP Big One for One Drop in 2012 for over $18 million.
Andrew Neeme is arguably the best poker vlogger. The Las Vegas mid-stakes grinder has a friendly, positive demeanor and knows how to analyze a hand so even a novice player can learn from the video.