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Let's talk about the best!
1.Best heads up player?
2.Best tournament player?
3. Best cash game player?
4. Best poker intuition or instincts?
5. Best overall
It is very difficult to compare players from different poker eras because the game evolves constantly as well as the number and type of players. Also what criteria you will use to compare the players' achievements from different eras? Are 1000$ won in 1970 with the same value like 1000$ from year 2000 or 2020? Can you compare the value of WSOP bracelet won with field of 100 players to one won with field of 8000 players? That's why there is poker hall of fame. Everybody in it was great player for the era when he played. There is no need to compare them directly and there is no 100% accurate way to do it.
1.Best heads up player? Some Online guy nobody knows
2.Best tournament player? Hellmuth (only NLH)
3. Best cash game player? Dwan
4. Best poker intuition or instincts? Negreanu
5. Best overall in your opinion? Ivey
Good Luck To All
All my answers are personal, and I consider the player at his peak.
Ferguson is also very good Heads up and many of the "new" guys from EPT not related to the golden era (Kanit, McDonald, Mercier).