The turn of the 21st century resulted in poker being televised. That was the moment when poker players and the sport itself started becoming recognized even more and some players were dubbed as ‘legends’.
Since the early 2000’s, players’ scores and achievements have been well documented on various websites and their records have been compared, both live and online tournaments.
This brings us to the point where we have a clear Top 3 most famous and important international players to grace the game!
Probably the very first poker player to be recognized as a legend. Doyle Brunson travelled the road in North America, playing informal poker events, cash games and private games. In professional poker, the ‘Texas Dolly’ has 10 World Series of Poker bracelets including 2 Main Event wins!
He has written two legendary poker books, Super System and Super System 2. Everyone respects him for what he has achieved in the game and what he’s done to make poker a global sport.
The most popular poker player for the modern era. Daniel has been an ambassador for the game for so long that when someone who doesn’t play poker picks up the game, they recognise this man!
He has won six WSOP bracelets and two World Poker Tours with over $42 million in prize money. In 2014, he was named the best poker player of the decade by Global Poker Index and was inducted into the Hall Of Fame as well!
Considered to be the greatest poker player of all time, Phil Ivey has been crushing every game he has played. He’s crushing the live scene even today!
His most incredible skill was to modify his playing style according to the opponent in front of him, mastering the art of buffing and calling bluffs. The man has 10 WSOP Bracelets and over $20 million in poker earnings. The classic Phil Ivey stare will go down in history.
Honorable Mention to Phil Helmuth
15 World Series of Poker bracelets is simply not something that you can take away from that man. For all his annoying habits and rage moments, Phil Helmuth is also one of the most popular poker players on the planet. He began his professional career at 24 when he won his first bracelet in 1989 and his last one in 2018.
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