There's this old story of a young hustler who threw his hands in the air in frustration and walked off the poker table. ''I'm not getting any cards'' he yelled. The table didn't respond. Then, an old man in a cowboy hat replied, ''Son, that's not true. The doorman standing at the back, he is the one who isn't getting any cards."
A professional card-game played across the Globe, Poker is one of the trickiest and most challenging sports in the world. While there are several variations to the game, including Omaha, 5 Card and 7 Card stud, the widely recognized, purest form of the game is known as Texas Holdem. There are several tournaments and cash games, both televised and non-televised, live as well as online held throughout the year, including the European Poker Tour, The Pokestars Championships and of course the most prestigious of them all, The World Series of Poker.
Based on live tournament wins and total earnings, here is a list of the top 3 poker minds on the Planet.
#1 Phil Hellmuth
The most decorated poker player of all time; 'The Poker Brat' has managed to win a record 15 WSOP bracelets over the course of his career. He earned a whopping $7.5 million last year, playing various tournaments and cash games. He is currently ranked 5th in the WSOP all time money list that includes Daniel Negreanu, Antonio Esfandiari and Jonathan Duhamel. Back in 1989, he became the youngest ever player to win the WSOP main event, defeating two time defending champion Johny Chan.
Born in Palo Alto, California, he owns his own clothing company and real estate business. He even launched his own mobile game known as Hellmuth's Holdem that has been downloaded over 1.3 million times. Hellmuth is also the author of several books, one of which is Play Poker Like The Pro’s - ANew York Times Best Seller. Considered today as a veteran of the sport, Hellmuth drops in occasionally as a commentator at various internationally televised events.
Known for his unconscious laydowns and mind-blowing plays, Hellmuth is undoubtedly the last person you want to be up against in a big pot. One of his most iconic hands, involves him playing the 7/2 game and getting Mike Matusow to lay down Kings at the Poker After Dark Cash Game.
Although he is not on top of the All-time money list, Hellmuth is still undoubtedly the GOAT thanks to his immense number of WSOP bracelets and tournament cashes. This is a man made the sport his religion for more than 5 decades, and now sits tall among the Gods of the game.