Top 10 Poker Players as of 2017

Every poker player has their opinion on who they think is the best in the business, and the debate about best of all time has graced many a home-game over the years.

You probably have your own opinion about the most talented poker players on the circuit at the moment, and we do too. Our list represents the players we think should be on this important list. Of course, if you disagree then let us know who you think should be on it. Also be sure to check out our list of the Top 10 Female Poker Players and let us know what you think!

1. Daniel Negreanu - $34,231,816

Daniel Negreanu
Source - pokerfuse.com
Twitter - @RealKidPoker

Our highest-placed player, Negreanu was named the Global Poker Index player of the decade on the strength of consistently good performances in the live arena. He has six separate cashes for $1m or more, none larger than the $8.28m he took for winning the $1 million buy-in Big One for One Drop at the World Series of Poker. Negreanu is also the only player to win World Series bracelets in Las Vegas, Europe and Australia.

Top 3 Biggest Tournament Wins

Date | Location Tournament Name Winnings
July 1, 2014 – WSOP – Las Vegas $1 Million No-Limit Hold'em - Big One for One Drop $8,288,001
December 18, 2004 – WPT – Las Vegas No Limit Hold'em $1,770,218
February 9, 2014 - Aussie Millions - Melbourne $250,000 No Limit Hold'em $1,119,610
2. Antonio Esfandiari - $27,614,380
Antonio Esfandiari
Source - pokerplayersbase.com
Twitter - @magicantonio

One of the most popular poker players on the live tournament scene, Esfandiari has been a household name for more than a decade and it is 10 years since his first million dollar score at the LA Poker Classic. The Iranian-born pro, now living in the United States, has made six figures every single year since 2004 and has two World Poker Tour titles to go with his three World Series of Poker bracelets. However the biggest achievement of Esfandiari's career came in The Big One for One Drop in 2012, when he beat a star-studded field to win poker's biggest ever prize of more than $18.3m.

Top 3 Biggest Tournament Wins

Date | Location Tournament Name Winnings
July 01, 2012 - WSOP – Las Vegas $1,000,000 No-Limit Hold'em - The Big One for One Drop $18,346,673
June 26, 2013 - WSOP – Las Vegas $111,111 One Drop High Rollers No-Limit Hold'em $1,433,438
February 21, 2004 – WPT - Los Angeles No-Limit Hold'em Championship $1,399,135

3. Erik Seidel - $32,462,831

Erik Seidel
Source - fi.wikipedia.org
Twitter - @Erik_Seidel

Seidel is another player to have begun his career before the internet poker boom, first making a name for himself with a second-place finish at the 1988 WSOP Main Event, his knockout hand being immortalized in the movie 'Rounders'. His career year came in 2011, with million-dollar prizes on two continents highlighting a phenomenal 12 months in which he took home more than $6.5m.

Top 3 Biggest Tournament Wins

Date | Location Tournament Name Winnings
January 27, 2011 – Aussie Millions – Melbourne $250,000 Super High Roller $2,489,747
May 29, 2016 – Las Vegas $300,000 No Limit Hold'Em $2,400,000
April 30, 2015 – Monte Carlo € 98,000 + 2,000 No Limit Hold'em $2,222,222

4. Phil Ivey - $23,856,034

Phil Ivey
Source - casino.org
Twitter - @philivey

Ever since his days playing underage at New Jersey casinos under the alias ‘Jerome', Phil Ivey has marked himself out as one of the best poker talents around. The 38-year-old, known as The Tiger Woods of Poker, won his first World Series of Poker bracelet in 2000 and has gone on to add eight more, while his five separate million-dollar scores include a seventh-place finish at the 2009 WSOP Main Event. Ivey spent several months away from the poker limelight after Black Friday, but returned in style in January 2012 with first place in the Aussie Millions $250,000 Challenge for $2m, and he became the first two-time winner of the event in January of 2014, with the $3.5m prize representing the biggest win of his career.

Top 3 Biggest Tournament Wins

Date | Location Tournament Name Winnings
February 9, 2014 - Melbourne - Aussie Millions AUD$250K No-Limit Hold'em $3,573,600
January 27, 2012 - Melbourne - Aussie Millions No-Limit Hold'em $250,000 Challenge $2,058,948
February 01, 2015 - Melbourne - Aussie Millions AUD$250,000 No-Limit Hold'em $1,713,285

5. Sam Trickett - $20,635,375

Sam Trickett
Source - express.co.uk
Twitter - @Samtrickett1

The only European poker player in the Top 10, more than half of Trickett's earnings came when he finished second in The Big One for One Drop behind Esfandiari, earning him $10.1m. However the British pro has countless other big scores, and continues in fine form with a World Poker Tour final table in Venice just from the beginning of 2015.

Top 3 Biggest Tournament Wins

Date | Location Tournament Name Winnings
July 01, 2012 – WSOP - Las Vegas $1,000,000 No-Limit Hold'em - The Big One for One Drop $10,112,001
February 01, 2013 – Aussie Millions – Melbourne No-Limit Hold'em $250,000 Challenge $2,111,397
January 22, 2011 – Aussie Millions – Melbourne $100,000 Challenge $1,525,000

6. Phil Hellmuth Jr. - $21,399,093

Phil Hellmuth Jr.
Source - poolandspa.com
Twitter - @phil_hellmuth

The highest-placed World Series of Poker Main Event Winner on this list, Hellmuth would point to his record 13 WSOP bracelets as a reason for him to be considered the world's best. In fact, Hellmuth has more World Series of Poker Cashes than any other player in history, with none bigger than the $2.65m he won for finishing fourth in The Big One for One Drop.

Top 3 Biggest Tournament Wins

Date | Location Tournament Name Winnings
July 01, 2012 – WSOP - Las Vegas $1,000,000 No-Limit Hold'em - The Big One for One Drop $2,645,333
May 29, 2016 – Las Vegas $300,000 No-Limit Hold'em $1,600,000
October 04, 2012 – WSOP Europe – Cannes Main Event - WSOP Europe $1,333,841

7. Jonathan Duhamel - $17,772,514

Jonathan Duhamel
Source - pokerstarsblog.com
Twitter - @JonathanDuhamel

Canadian pro Jonathan Duhamel is the third WSOP Main Event champion on the list, winning a career-high $8.9m when he beat John Racener heads-up in 2010. While his biggest score before that victory was just $54,904, he has since gone on to carve a reputation for himself with numerous great results. The highlight of his post-2010 career probably came at the 2012 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure, when he made four final tables in the space of a week for a combined $1.2m.

Top 3 Biggest Tournament Wins

Date | Location Tournament Name Winnings
July 5, 2010 – WSOP - Las Vegas $10,000 World Series of Poker Main Event $8,944,138
June 28, 2015 – WSOP - Las Vegas $111,111 No-Limit Hold'em for One Drop $3,989,985
January 12, 2012 – PokerStars Caribbean - Paradise Island Event 26 - No-Limit Hold'em High Roller 8 Max $634,550

8. John Juanda - $20,748,954

John Juanda
Source - en.wikipedia.org
Twitter - @LuckBoxJuanda

Juanda is one of those opponents who everyone dreads having at their table, and when you look at his results you can see why. The Indonesian-born player has an incredible 35 cashes of $100,000 or more over the last two decades, and can often be seen in Macau, where he recorded his biggest ever cash of $1.6m in 2012.

Top 3 Biggest Tournament Wins

Date | Location Tournament Name Winnings
August 31, 2012 – Macau 2012 Macau High Stakes Challenge - Super High Roller $1,645,753
September 27, 2008 - WSOP Europe - London WSOP Europe Main Event - Event 4 $1,544,575
August 24, 2015 – EPT - Barcelona € 5,000 + 300 No Limit Hold'em - EPT Main Event #29 $1,164,034

9. Jason Mercier - $18,559,070

Jason Mercier
Source - pokerlistings.com
Twitter - @JasonMercier

This American player burst into the world of competitive poker with a vengeance in 2008 by taking the top spot in the European Poker Tour Sanremo Main Event and walking away with close to $1.4 million. Since then he's achieved a level of fame and earnings that rivals some players with a lifetime of experience. At just 28 years of age, this player has managed to win multiple World Championship of Online Poker titles, while also ranking well on the Global Poker Index. His most recent world series of poker bracelet was earned in 2015 at the $5,000 No Limit Hold'em Tournament where he brought home $633,357.

Top 3 Biggest Tournament Wins

Date | Location Tournament Name Winnings
June 27, 2014 – 2014 Summer High Roller Series – Las Vegas $100,000 No-Limit Hold'em Eight Max $1,622,181
May 13, 2013 - EPT – Monaco No-Limit Hold'em Super High Roller 8 Max Re-entry $1,443,270
April 01, 2008 – EPT - San Remo EPT Main Event $1,364,330

10. Michael Mizrachi - $15,691,948

Michael Mizrachi
Source - sixsevensuited
Twitter - @thegrinder44

It is remarkable to think Michael Mizrachi is just 33 years old. Florida's most successful poker player is nicknamed 'The Grinder', and has been grinding away for 10 years at tournaments all over the world. He can boast six-figure scores on three continents, and won four separate tournaments with first prizes of more than $1m. However none come close to the $2.3m he earned for a fifth place finish in the 2010 World Series of Poker Main Event.

Top 3 Biggest Tournament Wins

Date | Location Tournament Name Winnings
July 5, 2010 – WSOP – Las Vegas $10,000 World Series of Poker Main Event $2,332,960
February 18, 2005 – WPT- Los Angeles No-Limit Hold'em Championship - Event 24 $1,859,909
May 28, 2010 – WSOP - Las Vegas $50,000 Players Championship - Event 2 $1,559,046

The Big One for One Drop

Big One for One Drop logoThe Big One for One Drop was a poker tournament held at the 2012 World Series of Poker, with an entry fee of $1m. It was established by Cirque du Soleil founder Guy Laliberte, with $111,111 from each entry going to the One Drop Foundation, a charity which works to ensure safe and clean water is available to everyone in the world.

The tournament affects the all-time money rankings, with three players on this list earning their biggest career score in the Big One for One Drop. Another $1m buy-in tournament has been confirmed for this year's World Series of Poker, and Esfandiari will defend his title against poker players including Ivey, Seidel and Trickett.

EPT Main Event

European Poker Tour logoThe EPT Main Event is the primary event of the regular European Poker Tour held throughout August. The EPT began in 2004, and has since come under the ownership of Pokerstars.

The last instance of this event was in 2016, where it was held in Spain's Casino Barcelona with a €5,300 buy-in fee and a prize pool of €8,657,250. The Netherlands' Sebastian Malec, winner of 2016's Main Event, walked away with €1,122,800.

World Series of Poker

World Series of PokerThe World Series of Poker is an annual set of tournaments held in Las Vegas. One of the oldest ongoing poker tournaments (given its founding in the 1970s by Benny Binion), the WSOP also remains one of the most renowned tournaments in the world.

WSOP is also how poker players earn the World Series of Poker bracelet – an accolade seriously respected and coveted throughout the poker world. Only 74 of these bracelets have been awarded in 2017, with nearly a thousand having been handed out since WSOP began. The buy-in for the World Series tends to vary, the amount for the main event is $10,000.

WSOP Europe

World Series of Poker Europe logoThe World Series of Poker's European counterpart is the first expansion of a few in the WSOP family. The first of these was held in London in 2007 – the first time a World Series of Poker event was held outside of Las Vegas. The buy-in for this was £10,000 and won by Norwegian Annette Obrestrad.

Winners of WSOPE can, like in its Vegas progenitor, win the coveted WSOP bracelet – there are eleven of these set to be awarded in WSOPE's 2017 event in the Czech Republic.