Here is part of the article: (as written by Gary Wise)
On this list, we have the ten most-successful live tournament poker players of all time, at least as winnings go. We don’t know how much history’s winners have spent accumulating their winnings. While the efforts of organizations like the World Series of Poker to track entries go a long way towards determining ROI (a truer test of success), we really can’t know aside from those rare exceptions (even WSOP
only started making entry lists available in 2011), so the above is what we have to go on. That and ranking systems like GPI.
Looking at that list, we have three guys (Esfandiari, Trickett, Hellmuth) whose winnings were artificially enhanced by The Big One for One Drop (I loved the tournament, but let’s face it, winning it doesn’t put Esfandiari in the GOAT argument) and two (Gold, Hachem) for whom the world championship accounts for more than half their winnings. Seidel, Ivey, Negreanu and Juanda have all reaped the recent benefits of Super High-Roller events, leaving Mizrachi as the only guy who built his total entirely off major multi-table tournaments of more than 50 players (and yes, that remarkable fact will make him the focus of a future feature). As good as most of these guys are, for the majority of them, their place on this list is in part a case of right place, right time than a true testament to skill, or at least, skill above and beyond all others. If you recognize that, the question becomes how that matters.