While every poker player out there may strive to win in each game that they play, there are a few special players that have made it their goal to accomplish an overall win in the world of professional poker. Whether they started of with video poker and made their way to the tables, or they began playing poker in college, they are at the top of their game.
These players aim to become the best that the world has ever seen. Let’s take a look at the world’s best poker players as of 2017, what they have accomplished and how.
1. Antonio Esfandiari
A player that has been nicknamed The Magician, Antonio Esfandiari confirms his spot on the list of the world’s top poker players with a sum total earnings of $21 965 385.
The skilled poker player’s most recent first place win occurred at the WSOP Circuit Tournament that took place at Bicycle Casino in Los Angeles.
2. Daniel Colman
Another impressive poker player that has earned a title as one of the best poker players worldwide is Daniel Colman, who goes by mrGR33N13 and has brought in a total earnings of $17 226 010.
He most recently took first place at the 45th Annual World Series of Poker, He finished first in the Big One for One Drop, $1,000,000 No-Limit Hold’em Tournament where he won a massive $15 306 668.
3. Daniel Negreanu
Nicknamed Kid Poker, Daniel Negreanu may not have a higher total earnings than the players mentioned above, but he certainly deserves a mention as one of the world’s top poker players with a total of $16 378 571.
Negreanu recently took first place at the renowned World Series of Poker Europe (event number 8), winning around €725 000 and officially secured himself as a possible future leader in worldwide poker.
4. Jonathan Duhamel
Jonathan Duhamel has been making waves in the world of professional poker for some time now, accumulating a total earnings of $14 489 866 and maintaining a position on the list of the top 5 poker players worldwide.
The last major tournament that he claimed first place in was back in 2015, when he won the No-Limit Hold’em High Roller tournament at the World Series of Poker Europe and took home a massive €554,395.
5. Phil Hellmuth
Often referred to as The Poker Brat, Phil Hellmuth is last on our list but certainly not least, totalling $13 606 825 in overall earnings over the past several years.
Like any other professional poker player, Hellmuth has entered a number of big money tournaments and last won the $10,000 buy-in Razz Championship event at the 2015 World Series of Poker where he won $271,105.