Being a professional poker player take tremendous of hard work. Therefore, top poker players are extremely well rewarded. Most of us might treat the game of poker as an entertainment, top poker professional will treat the game as serious business. Now let us look into the top 5 poker players and their achievements.
Nickname ‘The Magician’, Esfandiari was formally a magician and was well known for his chip tricks. The American professional poker player with Iranian origin is widely known for his achievement of winning three World Series of Poker (WSOP) bracelets and two World Poker Tour (WPT) titles. His legendary moment include winning the record breaking $18 million at The Big One for One Drop Event at 2012 World Series of Poker. He outplayed 48 players consisting wealthy businessman and poker professionals in $1 million buy in The Big One for One Drop event. Apart from that, Esfandiari other notable winning include the L.A Poker Classic $9,900 Championship (1st place, $1,399,135) and Doyle Brunson Five Diamond World Poker Classic $10,000 Championship (1st place, $870,124).
Nickname ‘Tiger Woods of Poker’ or ‘No Home Jerome’ was born in Riverside, California. Ivey began playing poker with his co-workers when he worked at the telemarketing company. He crafted a fake ID in order to get into Atlantic City casinos. This eventually landed him the nickname ‘No Home Jerome’. Ivey is no stranger to World Series of Poker (WSOP) bracelets, he won 10 World Series of Poker bracelets throughout his poker career. Apart from that, he also won the PL Omaha bracelet in both 2000 and 2005. Ivey had great success in main event as well. He finished top 25 four times from 2002 to 2009. His live poker earnings amount to $23,856,034.
Daniel Colman was originally from Holden, Massachusetts but am now residing in Rio de Janeiro. He is famously known for winning the $1,000,000 buy-in Big One for One Drop at the 2014 World Series of Poker. He outplayed Daniel Negreanu for the second largest prize in poker history and won the tournament for $15,300,000. He has one World Series of Poker (WSOP) Bracelets and one European Poker Tour (EPT) wins. In April 2014, Colman won €1,539,300 for the European Poker Tour Grand Final in Monte Carlo. Colman total poker career winnings amount to $25,239,801. Colman shocked the poker world by rejecting any interview promoting the game of poker after his win in the 2014 WSOP. He was also reluctant to pose for a picture with the winnings and bracelet. When asked for his comment on his way out, Colman or one of his handlers appeared to state that he had ‘no interest in promoting poker’.
The Canadian professional poker player’s has won a total of six World Series of Poker (WSOP) bracelet and two World Poker Tour championship titles. Nickname ‘Kid Poker’. He is recognized as the best poker player of the past decade. Negreanu’s poker winning to date amount to $32,315,816. Twice named as WSOP Player of the Year (2004 and 2013), he is the only players in WSOP history to win the award more than once. In 2014, Negreanu was inducted into the Poker Hall of Fame. He updates his post regularly in the forum at the Full Contact Poker website and is very outspoken about his poker results. Negreanu is successful at poker because of his ability to read opponents. He further clarify that the most important skill he uses at the poker table is to observe what hands his opponent play and how capable they are of playing them.
Ever since becoming the American professional poker player, Seidel has bagged eight World Series of Poker (WSOP) bracelets and one World Poker Tour title. With a total live earnings of $26,503,242, Seidel was inducted into the Poker Hall of Fame in 2010. His first WSOP bracelet was won in 1992 while his eighth bracelet is won on 2007. Throughtout the history of WSOP, only five players has won more bracelets than Seidel. These players include world champions Doyle Brunson, Johnny Moss, Phil Hellmuth, Johnny Chan and Phil Ivey.