But as far as players I admire, I would have to say I like Doyle Brunson before he got all preachy. Super System is a staple in any poker players library.
I also like Negreanu, I've read his books and don't totally agree with all the details of his play style, but it clearly gets results. He was also in that one poker movie, I had a laugh when a newb berated him in that one. Other than that, he seems like a nice guy.
Pure joy to watch though? The poker brat. It's like a train wreck, you just can't look away when he starts on a rant.
Thinking about the poker boom of the mid naughties, I think it was really fueled more by the personalities that were popular at the time more than Moneymaker cashing. Sure, moneymaker sparked the interest, but it's those personalities that kept the hype rolling.
Is folding JKo UTG+1 too nitty?
Today there are great players around the world ... however staying for a long time among the best poker players is not easy ... very few manage to win major tournaments year after year ... and Daniel Negreanu has undoubtedly been one of them ... and for me it is the best of all ...!
I would have to say it is probably Daniel Negreanu at this point. I used to be a big Tom Dwan fan back before black friday. He has finally come out of hiding so he might become my favorite again at some point.
I like Dnegs cash and mtt play, probably one of the most well rounded poker players to ever play the game.
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I admire many poker players, legends of this discipline as much as Daniel Negreanu, Gus hansen, Ivel, Brunson, Hellmuth among others. But my favorite player, from whom I've learned a lot from watching him play in live events, is O'Dwyer. He is a player that I feel identified with, I like how the game thinks. Hopefully one day it can be half of what it is.
Of course it's me!
I like to play and I like to watch my game. But I can 't watch live tournaments with hyped stars. All the beauty comes up in a pair of really well- played hands. And these cuts can be viewed in the replay. And there is no point in singling out anyone specifically. You can see such hands that you will not find even on the Freeroll. And if you closely monitor someone in particular, you can collect a lot of such dull hands. That will lead to disappointment in your idol. The thoughts of these players and their advice are another matter. They say the right things. Give good advice and analysis. Many of them are great coaches. But a great theory doesn't equal a great practice.
In my opinion, is many guys I like to watch in action.
No rank, but much skills .. Phil Ivey, Phill Hellmuth, Tony G is funny, Daniel Negreanu, Akkari (good br), Charlie Carrel, Brad Owens and others, I don't remember right now
Definitely Daniel Negreanu because he's one of the few that always changes his strategy..... and of course Phil Ivey great player and kind of nemesis of Daniel ))), it changes Daniel when he plays Phil Ivey ))
My favourite poker player is Spraggy. I like that he watch every move of his opponents and know when he can bluff them! Of course apart from this, he is a pokerstars' team pro and has a lot of experience.
When younger, it was the brat. Which explains my falling into (and the need to get out of) the trap of thinking it's ok to get all bent out of shape by (and berate) my perception of 'bad' play/players...
This is a unpleasant, unhealthy and undesirable habit to have.
Thankfully I'm recovering from it. My apologies to any and all people who have been on the receiving end of that immaturity!
After Phil it was, and still is, Negreanu.
I'm also very fond of Phil Laak, O'Dwyer, Boeree, Fintan Hand and, of course, myself!
Was impressed with how he was able to let go a very strong hand in some situations when he was beat and not complain or falunt about it. Seems to me a very difficult thing to do especially in such high stake games with around $100 000 in pot ... kudos.