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5 Best Poker Players Worldwide 9

Posted on December 10, 2020 by Cathy Carter

With every legendary poker match comes a legendary poker player. Not only do these players use mind-blowing strategies, but they become the winners of huge amounts of money. You might find that watching these players help you improve your game and play the best you ever have. Keep reading to see 5 of the best players in the history of poker.

Phil Ivey

Phil Ivey is one of the best professional poker players out there. In addition to winning 10 World Series of Poker bracelets, he has also won 1 World Poker Tour championship and has been a player at 9 World Poker Tour final tables. At one time, he was considered the best player worldwide. With all of his wins, he has a net worth around $100 million, which is one of the highest net worths for worldwide poker players.

Paul Phua

Wei Seng “Paul” Phua is a Malaysion Chinese businesman who is also a professional poker player. While he plays poker frequently, he is also considered one of the world’s biggest bookies. He regularly hosts high stakes poker games in Macau and is a true legend of the poker world. While he doesn’t have any World Series of Poker bracelets, he has won quite a few other big championships. Today his net worth sits around $400 million. Check a rare interview with Phil and Paul as they discuss their long careers here.

Doyle Brunson

Now retired, Doyle Brunson was a professional poker player for over 50 years. He has won the World Series of Poker main event twice and was inducted into the Poker Hall of Fame. He has also written many poker books that have helped many players create their own strategy. By the time he retired, he had a total of 10 World Series of Poker bracelets and now has a net worth of around $75 million.

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