WSOP like Phil Helmuth and Daniel Negreanu in our 2017 top list.
Poker dreams come in all shapes and sizes. From landing a royal flush in a game with friends to winning the World Series of Poker on live television, poker is filled with fantasies. Of course, winning big can be a reality. Just ask some of today's poker superstars. Whether you are looking to emulate a winning game, learn from living legends, or simply aspire to poker greatness, you'll definitely want to familiarise yourself with these names. It really doesn't get more massive than these guys.
Antonio Esfandiari - Originally from Iran but now based in San Francisco, Antonio is a magician both on and off the tables. The former street performer always puts on a show when the cards come out. He's won three WSOP bracelets and two WPT titles and he's only 35.
Erik Seidel - The New York native first burst onto the scene with a second place finish in the 1988 WSOP Main Event. Since then he's relocated to Las Vegas and amassed eight World Series bracelets and WPT titles. Erik actually got his start playing backgammon tournaments and later found success in the stock market. His live tournament winnings have surpassed twenty million dollars.
Daniel Negreanu - The pride of Canada was the WSOP player of the year twice. Known as Kid Poker, the now 40-year-old Negreanu has a pair of WPT titles and a half dozen WSOP bracelets. He also won close to thirty million in a live poker game, which was the biggest prize of all time in 2014.
Sam Trickett - The British poker player managed to reach $20,000,000 in tournament winnings before his 28th birthday. You may have seen him at the WSOP final table twice.
Phil Ivey - Phil's middle names might as well be World Series. Often referred to as the Tiger Woods of poker, this American has amassed ten bracelets and reached the World Series of Poker final table a whopping 31 times.
Phil Helmuth - Phil shocked the poker world in 1989 when he became the youngest player to win the WSOP Main Event. In the years since he's accumulated twelve more bracelets. Proudly known as the poker brat, you may have seen him on Poker After Dark.
Michael Mizrachi - Known as the grinder for his steady style of play, the American has two WPT titles and 3 WSOP bracelets. South African poker fans may remember him from the 2013 WSOP Africa where he won the main event.
Raymond Rahme - The South African player is widely known for being the first African player to win his way to the WSOP Main Event final table. He took home the equivalent of 21 million ZA Rand. He's currently affiliated with Poker Stars and first started playing online to keep himself occupied during his retirement.
Mark Vos - Born in Cape Town, Vos currently lives in both South Africa and Australia. The thirty year old is widely known online by the screen name pokerbok, but you might have seen him win a bracelet in the 2006 World Series of Poker. His lifetime live tourney winnings exceed $10 million.
Daniel Colman - This rising star made major headlines after winning the million dollar Big One For One Drop during the 2014 WSOP. Although he normally plays online, you can't overlook Coleman's $15.3 million victory over Daniel Negreanu. We haven't heard the last of him.
John Juanda - The Indonesian-born player, who goes by the nicknames Luckbox and JJ, has won more than sixteen million American dollars at live tournaments. Juanda has appeared at half a dozen World Poker Tour tables and racked up five World Series of Poker bracelets. John now calls Marina del Rey, California his home.