Enormously popular for years, professional poker has allowed the rest of the world to get to know great figures of this game. Each with a unique personality, some stand out for their youth and are considered icons and have played some of the best games in recent poker history.

But we also put the focus on the great legends of yesteryear as a tribute and recognition. And some of them who are no longer with us still continue to be very present in the world competitions that have seen them compete.

10.- Doyle Brunson

For many, he has been since his beginnings a very high-level player with a very particular style of play, and history has placed him in his rightful place: in the Olympus of the best poker players in the world.

During the more than five decades that Brunson has been competing, he has managed to win a dozen bracelets at the WSOP, two of them in consecutive Main Events in the years 76 and 77, when the great legends of American poker coincided.

Today he is retired, but can boast of being one of the most influential figures in the history of poker not only in America, but in the rest of the world.

9.- Justin Bonomo

He has barely reached his forties and Justin Bonomo is already one of the great living legends of poker in the world. There are no exact figures, but it is estimated that in earnings he has managed to accumulate almost half a hundred million dollars.

Special mention for his role in the Super High Roller Bowl and the WSOP, where he has managed to win the bracelet three times.

8.- Amarillo Slim

One of the great old legends of North American poker has been Amarillo Slim. His figure is still very much loved in his native country and for years he has been known for his off-table bets, known as prop bets, which have always been so closely linked to his figure.

If there were a pantheon of eternal poker players, Amarillo Slim would undoubtedly head it. He is one of the great poker stars of today and always, at the level of Stu Ungar or Chip Reese. His death took place in 2012, the same year he was inducted into the Hall of Fame, at the age of 83, and his void still causes regret, but his four World Series bracelets will remain forever, with special mention to the 1972 world championship.

7.- John Juanda

Nicknamed “Luckbox”, this Indochinese player is one of those who accumulates a greater number of prizes at world level. He has won the WSOP bracelet five times.

In 2015, John Juanda was nominated for inclusion in the Poker Hall of Fame along with Jennifer Harman, professional poker player and two-time WSOP bracelet winner.

6.- Johnny Chan

Although he was a star in an era that many consider transitional, this in no way detracts from the technique of Johnny Chan, who is still considered one of the best poker players in recent history.

The era Chan played in is considered to be a before and after, as before the boom of 2003, Chan was twice consecutive WSOP Main Event champion, becoming enshrined for all time.

5.- Phil Ivey

One of the best players of our era who acquired a lot of fame thanks to his hilarious dialectic dispute with Jennifer Tilly during a game of the show Poker After Dark. If you don’t know what we’re talking about, look up Ivey’s reaction at the end of the showdown. There’s no need for words, is there?

Apart from this nice anecdote that seems to follow her wherever she goes, Phil Ivey is for many a living legend of poker. He has won a dozen WSOP bracelets, and at only 38 years old he became the youngest player in the world to cross that barrier, marking a new milestone.

4.- Erik Seidel

He is known by many as “the humble one”, precisely because of his unprovoking character and his accentuated sportsmanship, highlighting his rivals’ milestones and downplaying his own achievements. However, beneath that humble veneer hides an extremely experienced player with a great killer instinct who does not miss the slightest opportunity.

That ability to maintain his affable and good-natured appearance is precisely what makes him so good at playing poker, and so dangerous: he has been beating the best players in the world for more than 30 years.

3.- Michael Mizrachi

Winner five times of WSOP bracelets and two WPT titles, he is one of the great emerging figures that was consecrated in the poker scene in the 2000s. Although there is no official data, it is estimated that Mizrachi’s earnings exceed $20 million in gross value, making him one of the highest earners in the entire ranking. Ten points, Michael.

2.- Daniel Negreanu

What can we say about Daniel Negreanu, the Canadian poker legend who, although in numbers he does not occupy the first place in the rankings, by technique and character is considered one of the best players in the world.

Negreanu began to stand out in the world poker tournaments and soon his affable character was revealed, both with the media and with the fans, which began to be noticed by the public. He was also becoming more and more media thanks to his answers during the game when he found himself with somewhat strange plays (for posterity will remain that “that’s not poker” he said when a player made a re-raise from 300 to 5,000 dollars).

1.- Phil Hellmuth

While it is true that the first place admits some debate and that Negreanu and Mizrachi could also occupy it, we had to opt for Hellmuth to crown the list of the 10 best poker players in the world.

He is an extremely competitive player, with a certainly extroverted character and who has accumulated no less than 15 WSOP bracelets, which has given him a worldwide projection that is priceless.