As one of the world’s most popular pastimes, particularly with the massive spike in popularity of the Texas Hold ‘Em variant in recent years, poker is played by a wide variety of people all across the globe. Most are amateur enthusiasts, often playing in home games and online for small-to-medium amounts of money. For a tiny minority, however, skill shines through and they are fortunate enough to make their living from the game.
Universally recognised as one of the best poker players currently playing, Ivey has amassed over $23million in live tournament winnings and, it is estimated, roughly the same amount online. An early starter (he used fake ID to play in casinos in Atlantic City when just 18), Ivey is revered by poker aficionados for his lack of fear and incredible
ability to ‘read’ the hand that an opponent is holding.
Dubbed the ‘Poker Brat’, do not be fooled by Hellmuth’s repeated histrionics at the table; this California native holds the record for most World Series of Poker (WSOP) bracelet wins (13), has won almost $20million in live play and has written three books on the game. Although his personality can be highly divisive – there is no doubting this brat’s ability to play poker.
At more than 80 years of age, Brunson (or ‘Texas Dolly’, as he is commonly referred to) has been playing poker professionally for more than 50 years. As well as winning 10 WSOP bracelets, Brunson was the author of one of the most successful poker strategy books ever – ‘Super/System’. He also has the honour of having a starting Texas Hold ‘Em hand named after him (a 10 and a 2, of any suit), due to the fact that this was his starting hand both years when he won back-to-back WSOP events.