Poker is the best and the most famous cards game, like ever. The game of Poker is insanely popular in the U.S.A. And as long as there are cards and chips, the arguments over who is the greatest ever poker player will remain. This is always a matter of debate in the poker world and the reason behind this endless conversation must be the different criteria to determine the greatest ever. It is like a taste of something which can differ to a different person. The Best Sports Website in India has something to show you.
A player’s ability to mock the opponent, to read them, panic them and put them under pressure while remaining calm under pressure yourself and manipulating the opponent and thus knocking them down. There are many abstract factors that can be used to determine the best ever to grace the green table felt.
There are other ways also to determine the greatness of a player, the more physical or binary ways like the tournaments a player has won or the total amount of money they have won in their career. This certainly kills the specific vibe associated with this game and would mostly favor the players from the modern era. Yes, it is a contradictory factor but still is a valid one.
There is also one particular criterion to measure things up – the Legacy. Some poker players have such legacy, such contribution away from the table that the basic criterions like their earned money can be put aside which measuring their greatness. This too is an important variable and can not be neglected.
Keeping that in mind, let’s check out the top 5 greatest poker players of all time.
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David Edward ‘Chip’ Reese was born March 28th, 1951, in Centerville, Ohio. Chip Reese’s introduction to the poker world seems coming straight out of movies. When in 1974, Reese was on his way to attend Stanford University to study law, he decided to spend his weekend in Las Vegas to get his hands on low stakes poker before his first semester started.
Reese already knew much about Poker, been called Poker prodigy at an early age he used to defeat his classmates and professors at his school. The 23-year-old Reese had a bankroll of $400 in his account and by the time his weekend ended, he had won $100,000. And thus he said, goodbye to the law school and Hello to the Poker world.
In the next ten years, Reese became the undisputed master of the Seven-card stud. He earned such recognition that even Doyle Brunson asked him to add a chapter in his poker book “Super/System”.
Although, Reese was extremely devoted to his family and took a backseat during his duty as Ballroom manager at the Bellagio Casino. But in 2004, he made a comeback as his children wanted to see him perform on Television. In next three years, Reese was phenomenal and went on to win games in WPT and $50,000 H.O.R.S.E challenge at the 2006 WSOP. Many including Doyle Brunson consider him the greatest ever. He died of Pneumonia on December 2007.
Johnny Moss is a world-renowned poker player. He was born and grew up in Texas in 1907. He learned the art of gambling at a very early age on roads and escaped through bullets and cops to strive his hunger for gambling.
Gambling at small clubs Johnny Mos went on to become the mastermind of the game of poker. He later used his knowledge of cheating to play fair poker and he was unmatching good.
He is known for one of the most famous poker game ever played in Las Vegas which was against Nick “the Greek” Dandalos in 1949. The game was so intense and is said to last for 5 months. Untill, one day Nick Dandalos stood up the table and said, “Mr Moss, I’ll have to let you go”. By then, Moss had won over $2,000,000 by then which was a mind-boggling amount at 1949.
More than 60 years passed and still not everything is clear about the Moss-Dandalos encounter but it remains an epic gambling tale from earlier days in LA.
Moss went on to play poker tournaments until his death at the age of 88 in 1995.
Phil Ivey is the most recent amongst the list of the greatest poker players. One of the most respected player of this generation, Phil Ivey is the Mr. Professional in all sense. At such young age, Phil has acquired vast wealth with significant honours and numerous loyal fans around the world.
His style is a combination of orthodox and modern trend. He can go anywhere and can challenge anyone at any price just like the old texan gamblers plus he take part in competitions and make presence in televised poker. That’s the reason for several years that he is considered as the best all-round player in the world.
Ivey’s grandfather taught him how to play at the age of eight. He participated in many small tournaments and events but soon got tired of lack of challenge.
At the age of 16, he started playing professionally in Atlantic City with a fake ID. Although, Ivey had to struggle with bad luck and poor decisions. But Ivey didn’t gave up and emerged as the top player of the Atlantic City.
When Ivey moved to LA because of the invitation to a Big Game at Bellagio from his friend Barry Greenstein where he soon impressed everyone.
So far, Phil has 10 WSOP bracelets, the combined second all time winner and the youngest to have won 10 at the age of 38.
He has as big a heart as his status. He recently insisted that he will settle a large amount debt he owed to Chip Reese even though Reese died in 2007.
This list of top poker players can not be completed without adding the American Poker Player Doyle Brunson in it. Doyle Brunson who is considered as the Grandfather of Poker and the father of Texas Hold’em. He is simple and plain, a poker legend.
He is one of the greatest in all sense, whether its his remarkable talent of poker or his pleasant demeanor to other players in his 50 long years career or his determination to teach the younger generation. He has written one of the Best seller poker book of all time Super/System.
Doyle has been in the game for so long, he has seen everything and played everything. He’s been in the game long before it became famous and produced multi-millionaire celebrity players. He was even playing at the times when the only sizeable amount tournaments were held by gangsters. Brunson has even admitted to held at gunpoint at numerous times while playing at earlier stage of his career.
Apart from the poker table, his most noticable contribution to the poker world, his book Super/System which increased the popularity of poker all over the world. Unlike any other book published before it, Super/System takes one through the journey of successful poker players and the breakdown of their decisions and mentality while playing which wrecked havoc in the poker world and created numerous poker players and an army of loyal fans for Doyle.
Despite being old, Doyle still features in the live poker circuit. He is also the second most WSOP bracelet winner along with Phil Ivey and Johnny Chan.
Stu “The Kid” Ungar
Stu Ungar, also known as “The Kid” or “The Comeback Kid” was a professional Black Jack, Gin Rummy and also a Poker player. He was born in 1953 to the lower East Side of Manhattan, New York to a Bar owner and illegal bookmarker. He was one of a kind, super sharp mind and has a supernatural sense with which he could read his opponents.
His ability extended far beyond poker and he destroyed his opponents in Gin Rummy until no challenger was left. He also put his talent to use in blackjack where he won multi thousands of dollars before clubs and casinos banned him for lifetime.
A podigy unlike anybody else. His first WSOP win came at his first Texas Hold’em Poker which he later claimed. Even Poker legend Doyle Brunson claimed that he had never seen picking up the game as quickly as Stuey.
He defended his title the next year but then he struggled with drug addiction, depravity and countless bankruptcies cases. In 1997, he made a comeback with the $10,000 worth of borrowed chips and won $1,000,000 in the main event of the WSOP.
His style of playing was very unpredictable just like the old times. He was confident, hyper-aggressive at times and became the chip leader, dominating every opponent on table who used to play in a tight and aggressive style. But no one could stand in front of his baffling genius.
He had a short career and he could have done more to the poker community. Unfortunately, he was found dead in a low rental motel in LA in 1999 at the age of 45 because of cocaine overdose.
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