Professional Poker Players – Who Are the Top 5 Players?

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Professional poker is a highly competitive arena, but year on year a small number of highly skilled and talented players appear near or at the top of the money lists. Facts and figures rarely lie, and from this data we can determine the top 5 current professional Main Poker players. But who are they?

Number 1: Phil Hellmuth

Born 16 July 1964 in Madison, Wisconsin, Phil “the brat” Hellmuth has become a legend in this own lifetime having won a total of 11 World Series of Poker bracelets. At the tender age of only 24 he won the most prestigious tournament in poker, the Main Event at the WSOP, and is the second youngest player ever to win this event.

Prior to becoming a professional poker player, Hellmuth attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is married with two sons and lives in Palo Alto, California.

Number 2: Johnny Chan

Born in Guangzhou, China in 1957, Johnny Chan holds a total of 10 WSOP event wins and is the only player in history to have won back t back Main Events, a feat he achieved in 1987 and 1988. In 2002, in recognition for his success over three decades he was inducted into the Poker Hall of fame.

Prior to turning professional, Chan attended the University of Houston. He has authored two successful poker books titled ‘Play Poker Like Johnny Chan’ and ‘Million Dollar Hold’em’ and was involved in the unsuccessful online poker venture called ChanPokerOnline.com, which opened in 2007 but closed in late 2008.

Number 3: Phil Ivey

Born February 1, 1976 in Riverside, California, Phil Ivey has won a total of 7 World Series of Poker bracelets, and is sometimes referred to as the ‘Tiger Woods of Poker’. He is regarded by many as one of the best cash game players that have ever played the game.

Outside of poker, Phil Ivey resides in Las Vegas and is a Los Angeles Lakers fan. He is also involved with online poker and is an ambassador for Full Tilt, one of the largest online poker operators in the market and a main competitor to sites such as PKR Poker and Poker Stars.

Number 4: Chris Moneymaker

Born 21 November 1975 in Atlanta, Georgia, Chris Moneymaker won the 2003 WSOP Main Event after qualifying via a $40 satellite tournament via the online poker site Poker Stars. He is widely regarded as one of the main catalysts for the huge increase in the popularity of poker, particularly the online form of the game.

Moneymaker is a qualified accountant and attended the University of Tennessee. His autobiography outlining how he won the $2.5 million first prize at the 2003 WSOP was released in 2005.

Number 5: Daniel Negreanu

Born 26 July 1974 in Toronto Canada, Daniel Negreanu is the son of Romanian immigrants who immigrated to Canada in 1967. Negreanu holds four WSOP bracelets and two World Poker Tour titles and has accumulated over $12 million of tournament winnings.

Today there are literally hundreds of professional poker players that ply their trade across the world, some more successfully than others. However, players can only really be considered great players once they have won a WSOP bracelet.

The Basics On How To Play Poker

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Poker is one of the most famous card games in the world today, and for good reason. Not only is it fun, it also stimulates your brain and exercises every part of it to come up with a good and winning move. Anyone can learn how to play poker. But not everyone can achieve success at it. So before you start off in this lesson, you should first scale back your expectations a bit to what’s reasonable. And then after, determine what specific poker game you’d like to learn since there are several forms of it in existence. Find out more details by clicking on The Advantages to Playing ‘No Limit’ vs ‘Limit’ Poker Games

Generally, they apply the same set of ground rules. But for different variations, there will be specific guidelines to be honored. As far as similarities go, players are dealt with five cards in a clockwise motion. These are what they will base on to determine who has the highest hand and wins the game. Bets are then made before the reveal to heighten the stakes. Players can pass opening the pot to the next one though. But if they do not match what has been called, or raise it, they will be forced to fold and forfeit staying in the game. After every betting, a player will be able to discard up to 3 cards during his turn and be dealt with another to get a good set. That continues on until everyone but 1 person gives up or the deck is used up and everyone is forced to play their hand.

Now, when it comes to variations, straight poker games adhere strictly to what has been described, except that it uses three cards only. Stud poker, meanwhile, involves a prearranged combination of face-down and face-up cards which the player must choose or discard. Seven-card stud, a subcategory of this poker family segment, has the player picking five out of seven cards with four facing up and three facing down. The third main poker branch is the draw poker and it is pretty much the same as the above description. And finally, there’s the community card poker, where an incomplete hand is dealt and then a number of community cards are presented on the center table, face up, which players can use to improve their hand during their turn. There are other interpretations for it that incorporates special instructions such as strip poker and other media as well, such as videogame or online poker. But basically, the gist of how to play the game remains the same. And winning is all dependent on how well you can read other people’s intentions and shroud your own feelings and plans.

Poker has been around since the beginning of the 20th century and was popularly cultivated as a man’s game. But today, there are also a few women who engage the activity professionally. People’s interests on the “sport” have mostly been nurtured by media depictions and endorsement. And as such, there are a number of accessible mediums – videos, books, websites, shows – one can use to know how to play poker in depth.