Who Are The Most Famous Poker Players?

Famous Poker Players

Famous Poker Players

Poker has generated interest from lots of different specialisms. Many an actor, sportsman and comedian have sat at the felt on equal terms with professionals. The beauty of poker is the opportunity one has to sit with the best, albeit without a handicap. There are few professions where this is possible. This article will share information on some famous poker players with you, please accept our apologies if your personal favourite is not in the list.

Johnny Chan

Johnny will forever be remembered for his role in the 1998 movie Rounders with Matt Damon and Ed Norton. He was cast in the role due to winning the WSOP main event in back to back years (87 & 88) and shared an acting scene with Matt Damon. Johnny Chan is one of the best players around and currently has 10 WSOP bracelets to his name.

Doyle Brunson

Doyle or “Texas Dolly” has been around the poker world for some time. He has been through the different poker eras and is still playing today at the ripe old age of 86. Doyle is known for his aggressive style which was unique at the time. He authored the bible of poker “Super System” which is a must for all poker enthusiasts. Doyle also has 10 WSOP bracelets to his name.

Phil Hellmuth

Love him or hate him, you can’t get away from the “poker brat’s” charisma. There are countless videos of Phil blowing up on camera but the truth is, he’s an amazing tournament player and successful businessman. Phil has 15 WSOP bracelets to his name with a win as recent as 2018. Phil has authored several books with relative success and is, despite his tantrums generally loved by most who make his acquaintance.


Daniel Negreanu

At 46 years old, he isn’t “The Kid” anymore, but Daniel Negreanu certainly sits in good company as one of the most famous players on the planet. The face of PokerStars for 12 years, this Canadian-Romanian has 6 WSOP bracelets. He has gained popularity for his likeable nature and ability to call out opponents’ cards on TV. A skill many professionals have of course but keep quiet, Negreanu has used this skill well to market himself. He is also famed for the small ball poker strategy which exploded in popularity in the last decade.

Phil Ivey

Last but not least, the one and only, Phil Ivey. This man eats, sleeps and breathes poker. He has been known the world over as the best poker player on the planet. For this reason, he has to make the list. The man has been cleaning up cash games for decades and is pure business when it comes to poker. No gimmicks, no showmanship, just business. The fact this man has 10 WSOP bracelets despite his attention solely on cash games is testament to his skill. Simply the best.

Special Mentions

  • Tom Dwan
  • Amarillo Slim
  • Chip Reese
  • Stu Ungar
  • Chris Moneymaker

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