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Top 10 Best Poker Players of All time

Poker is a popular game of entertainment around the world. Poker loving people frequently ask the question “who is the best poker player of all time?” The topic is based on this question. The best poker players can’t be  estimated by their strength, stamina or speed of even fitness. It is no other than their wit and power of making decision. Poker is a game of brain and one has to be steady in every step of this game. Poker players create enormous thrill and earn a huge amount of money by winning the table. Today, Sportyghost brings you a list of top 10 best poker players of all time.

For making the list, our team have considered the skill of poker players as well as their reputation, bankroll management and amount of money won. After all, the list of top 10 best poker players will introduce to you the world class poker players and their fame. So, let’s not waste time.

Top 10 Best Poker Players of All time

10. Patrik Antonius

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Patrik Antonius————image credit: Flickr/Supl0v Poker

Patrik Antonius is a dominant poker player in every sense of the word. His comparison with Phil Ivey, put him at a new level in the poker world. As far as the online poker game is concern, Patrik Antonius has gathered millions of dollars there. He is one of the most consistent poker players and has the potential to compete with the best players around the world. he can reign the future poker world, if he maintains his consistency in full throttle.

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9. Jennifer Harman

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Jennifer Harman————image credit: Wikimedia/Photo by flipchip / LasVegasVegas.com

Jennifer Harman may be the only female poker player in this list, but she has achieved a lot in her poker career. She has been keeping the poker table hot since her early 20s and soon became a sensation defeating big heads in poker. She has got an unique skill to manipulate the game in her way and thus makes a lot of money. She ranks at no. 9 in our list of top 10 best poker players of all time. Her legacy would not end here though. She will definitely progress herself to a higher level.

8. Stu Ungar

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Stu Ungar, a true living legend of poker, is a heroic character in the poker world. Ungar was often regarded as the “idiot savant” of poker. He was a ruling poker player in 70s and there were only few players to sit in front of him. Although he had some ill repute for losing a lot of money, his poker playing skill was still way above. We’ve selected Stu Ungar for no. 8 spot in our list of top 10 best poker players of all time. Stu is an iconic figure in poker and he’ll always be remembered.

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 7. Tom Dwan

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Tom Dwan——-image credit: Flickr/Supl0v Poker

Tom Dwan is a very aggressive poker player. People often compare him with Stu Ungar. Tom started his career playing online poker. Afterwards, he took his time to built a relatively large bankroll. And then, rest has become history. Now, poker legends like Doyle Brunson and Barry Greenstein show utmost respect to Tom Dwan, when they play with him. He is young and combative to make millions of dollars playing poker.

6. Barry Greenstein

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Barry Greenstein——-image credit: Wikimedia/flipchip / LasVegasVegas.com

Berry Greenstein is definitely one of the best poker players of all time in our list. He is the most influential player in poker. He is a dominating force both in cash game and poker tournament for many years. Even at the old age, he possesses a threat to the young generation. If you sit against him, you’ll definitely lose your money on table. Barry Greenstein is a respected poker player, who is energetic and dynamic in every aspect.

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5. Johnny Chan

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Johnny Chan, best known as “The Orient Express”, was a famous poker player throughout the 80s and 90s. he was a very talented player, who immortalized the poker community forever. Johnny Chan has been playing poker for over 20 years and established himself as one of the experienced poker players in the world. He can bring lots of aggressiveness to the poker table. He is a skillful poker master, who knows how to win the game and grab money in the pocket. He ranks at no. 5 in our list of top 10 best poker players of all time.

4. Johnny Moss

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Johnny Moss is a legendary poker player and best known for his mesmerizing poker playing skills. However, his playing nature became irrelevant after the entrance of legal poker system into the society. The professional poker player won the world series of poker for the first time in history. He was nicknamed as “The grand old man of poker”. His name was inducted into Poker Hall of Fame.

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3. Phil Ivey

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Phil Ivey———-image credit: Wikimedia/flipchip

Phil Ivey is one of the most accomplished poker players in history. He has been ranking no. 1 both in tournaments and live table games for the last 10 years. He is very much fond of making money at the table and there is no amount of money that make him sweat. He is regarded as the “best all-round poker player” by numerous poker observers. Phil Ivey is a complete poker player with rare skills of maneuver. He stands at no. 3 spot in the list of top 10 best poker players of all time. Phil Ivey is often called by the name of “Tiger Woods of Poker”.

2. Doyle Brunson

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Doyle Brunson has been a legend in world poker for over 50 years. He is an icon in professional poker. There may be many famous poker players, but Doyle Brunson is exceptionally the one who is the leader of all poker masters. He is famous for winning consistently in high-stake cash games. He is the first ever to win $1 million in poker tournament. Doyle is nicknamed as “The Godfather of Poker” by his fans and still one of the influential force in world poker.

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1. Chip Reese

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Chip Reese———-image credit: Wikimedia/flipchip / LasVegasVegas.com

After passing all the figures, here he comes, the no. 1 in our list of top 10 best poker players of all time is Chip Reese. He is the winner of millions in cash games and tournaments. He has played poker at every corner of the world. Chip Reese is still loved and respected by millions of poker lovers around the world. He was died in 2007, at the age of 56, but his legacy remains and still the no 1 poker player of all time. Doyle Brunson once stated,

” Chip is certainly the best poker player that ever lived”.

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Sports Stars and Their Superstitious Pre-game Rituals

Cristiano Ronaldo, Michael Jordan, Rafael Nadal and Serena Williams these are the top names in today’s sports generation. They all have hit the top and most interestingly none of them without superstitious rituals to help. Obviously we mustn’t argue, being successful in the sporting world takes talent, dedication, sometimes you may refer dose of good luck. Surely that’s never surprising. But we can also remark the most famous sportspeople tend to develop some slightly strange habits.

These things starts from something doing on the day of a particularly convincing win with extra significance. Sometimes they feel like they should do the same thing every time they play or risk devastating losses. Many of our well-known athletes feel obliged to perform bizarre rituals before competing in important situations. Experts analyze these behaviors as obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) and warn that it may force sports stars out of the very competition.

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Jim Thome | image credit – Wikimedia/Keith Allison

A number of sports stars have confessed to the odd rituals that help them stay focused. Listing those famous names would hardly keep anyone left. Michael Jordan, Björn Borg, Kevin Rhomberg, Serena Williams, Jason Terry, Wade Boggs, Patrick Roy, Jason Giambi, Lyoto Machida, Turk Wendell, Curtis Martin, Laurent Blanc, Marshall Faulk, Turk Wendell, Neil McKenzie, David Beckham, Rafael Nadal – seriously who’s there still not without a bizarre superstitious pre-match ritual.

We must admit sometimes that it’s really tough to justify about superstitious rituals that don’t seem to serve any particular purpose. No reason we should scream at the moon to get out of the way during eclipses anymore. That had been replaced a long time ago with working knowledge of science and advanced technology. But for professional popular sports, truly speaking, statistics on sports stars superstitions are continuing to become more complex. We are definitely concerning more precise idea of who contributes what in any given game.

The numbers on this particular list can give a very detailed idea of what’s going on. Playing the game is more or less the same physical, unpredictable activity as it always have been. Undoubtedly smart and rational players are the most successful. Still, all of them found their way to the top stage of the game through practice and honing their instincts.

Sometimes not only players, even whole teams are found to be following weird habits. May be these rituals got them to the top level stages and may have provided them with a routine with which they feel comfortable.

Jordan never hit the court without his UNC trunks under his Bulls uniform. And Boggs ate chicken before every game

Above all, we must conclude a pro athlete with hard training, raw talent and the ability to perform under pressure. A little superstitious reasoning can also be added to the edge they need to get into the zone, whether it’s drinking urine or talking to goal posts.

Take a look below at some of sports biggest stars strangest rituals:

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