To all of those who like Dnegs. I say wearing blackface, urinating on a live stream (maybe he misunderstood the term "live stream"), making threats of violence against someone in a profanity laced tirade and telling people more rake is better are just not very endearing to me, but "to each their own" as they say.
I like Allen Kessler AKA Chainsaw. Whether you find him annoying or not, he is constantly working to keep the powers that be in poker (casinos, poker rooms and management) in line and fair to their customers (the players) and even though he is a player advocating for players he is still inundated with negative comments by players and "the powers that be" but he persists without resorting to the classes behavior of others, he also corrects himself when he makes mistakes so that is why Mr. Kessler is my favorite poker player at this time.
"you can't get rich in politics unless you're a crook" Attributed in different variations to President Harry S. Truman and very true.
I appreciate all the old school poker pro's. Also many have had to recreate themselves to keep up with the new style online poker has developed. They all had/have personalities larger then life making the game very enjoyable to watch.
Phil Ivey, for sure. I love his kind of playing. When I started to learn poker, I started from watching TV Poker series and in that player I noticed one very clutch and advantage thing - the skill to know to play every hand from every position. Few people can do that and with that thing Phil Ivey won me. That is what I try to be. To play variously.
My list of favourite players includes anyone who has achieved some success but still has humility and tries to help others learn.
I am new to Poker and learn a lot from podcasts. I admire people like Bencb, Fedor Holz, Phil Galfond, Apestyles, Dara O Kearney, David Lappin, Brad Wilson (Chasing Poker Greatness) plus many of his guests (too numerous to name).
My list expands as I listen to more podcasts.
My least favourite players are those who are arrogant and belittle others.
Eric Seidel is the best tournament player of our time. But that's my opinion. Besides him, of course, there are many good players, but I like his analysis of the game and his professionalism. If I reached at least 50% of his level, I would be very, very satisfied and would not want more.