The Top 10 Poker Players on the Planet

Top 10 Poker Players

You play poker to win. You play to become the cream of the crop. To rise to the top of the tournament standings. To make a name for yourself. You don't play to compete with one of the big guys. You play to become one of the big guys.

Next time you hit a New Jersey online poker player, just think. You could be on your way to building multi-million dollar bankroll. You could also find yourself on an updated list of the world's top poker players. Our list of the top 10 is below. Remember that this list could change with every tournament win or cash score, so check back often.

1. Daniel Negreanu ($29.9 million as of January 2015)

Las Vegas, NV and Canada

The toast of Canada, Daniel Negreanu was a huge star before Black Friday happened, shilling for PokerStars. When they left the US market, he continued wearing their badge proudly without issue - because he's Canadian. The Canucks value the freedom to play online poker as much as New Jersey does. In fact, Stars remained open there after Black Friday, and several provinces have started their own poker site, so it's legal much like in New Jersey.

2. Antonio Esfandiari ($26.3 million as of January 2015)

Las Vegas, NV

He was the youngest player to ever win a televised WPT event when he was 25 years old. He also happens to be one of the richest poker players in the world. Well, technically other players might be wealthier than he is (we don't know how Antonio spends his money). However, very few poker players have won more money than Antonio has. His biggest win by far? $18 million in The Big One for One Drop, a $1 million buy-in event at the 2012 WSOP.

3. Daniel Colman ($22.9 million as of January 2015)

Holden, MA and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

A newcomer to the poker game, Daniel Colman is on everybody's radar. It's simply because at the ripe age of 24, he managed to net almost $23 million. He turned heads when he beat Daniel Negreanu (the first guy on this list) for the first place in the 2014 World Series of Poker on July 1st, 2014. Know how much money he took home? $15.3 million: the second largest first place prize in the history of poker. This big win was not due to beginner's luck. This 2014 WSOP champ is still going strong. Just a couple of months ago, he placed seventh at the 2014 APPT 8 - ACOP and netted himself a $373,972 payday. This kid's not going anywhere. He's here to show everyone what he's made of!

4. Phil Ivey ($21.5 million as of January 2015)

Las Vegas, NV

A lot of big name poker players rarely make it through to the final table of the Main Event after crushing a number of tourneys. Phil Ivey is an exception. After winning seven WSOP bracelets, the poker pro worked his way into the November Nine in 2009. His biggest score came in July 2014 when he won first place in the 2014 APPT 8 - Aussie Millions. He took home $3.6 million. Last year in 2014, he was accused of cheating at the baccarat table at the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa in Atlantic City. The casino sued him and won. He was ordered to pay the casino $12.5 million dollars, and this knocked him down a notch. At this time last year, he was ranked the third top poker player in the world. Now, he's in fourth place. New Jersey poker tournaments aren't as large, but as more people flock to the Garden State, we could start seeing some massive guarantees pretty soon.

5. Erik Seidel ($20.8 million as of January 2015)

Las Vegas, NV

You've probably heard about people dropping out of college to play poker professionally. Erik Seidel did the same thing - to play backgammon. Seriously. When he hit Vegas to play backgammon professionally, he dropped into a poker tournament and fell in love with the game. The rest is history. Erik Seidel now has 26 titles and 217 career cashes to his name.

6. Sam Trickett ($20.5 million as of January 2015)

Nottingham, GBR

This Nottingham poker player came onto our (and everybody else's) radar when he finished second to Antonio in The Big One for One Drop in July 2012, netting just $10 million (pennies, right?). While he doesn't have quite as many cashes as Antonio does, his career titles are up there at 8. His most recent victory came at the 2014 EPT Season XI where he placed 20th and walked out with $34,160.

7. Phil Hellmuth ($18.2 million as of January 2015)

Palo Alto, CA

Some people hate him. Others love him. He's loud. He's got a massive ego. And he's loaded. If you watch poker on TV, you've definitely seen Hellmuth clean up at the tables (and get angry, berating people when he doesn't win). Back in the day, he used to be sponsored by UB. He parted ways with them prior to Black Friday. Definitely a smart move on his part. His most recent victory took place on November 17, 2014, when he placed first at the 2014 Pittsburgh Poker Open Fall Series. He cashed out with $54,414.

8. John Juanda ($16 million as of January 2015)

Marina Del Rey, CA

With more than 10 major tourney cashes (plus 30 titles and 219 more career cashes) to his name, John Juanda is arguably one of the most accomplished poker players on our list. Even if you're new to playing NJ Internet poker, you know the name. Juanda was one of the founding members of Full Tilt's team of pros. Now that they only serve non-US players, Juanda spends his time playing live tournaments. His biggest cash title came in August 2012 at the Macau High Stakes Challenge Super High Roller where he landed a $1.6 million payday.

9. Martin Jacobson ($14.9 million as of January 2015)

Stockholm, Sweden

With 4 career titles and 55 career cashes under his belt, Martin Jacobson finished strong in 2014. He started playing poker in 2008, but it was not until last year that he became one of the big shots in the world of poker. In 2014 alone, he netted about $11 million in winnings. His biggest payday was on July 14, 2014, when he won first place in the $10,000 No-Limit Hold'em WSOP tournament. This big win netted him a cool $10 mil. He plays on PokerStars under the alias M.nosbocaJ.

10. Michael Mizrachi ($14.5 million as of January 2015)

Hollywood, FL

In 2014, Mizrachi cashed in 4 separate live event poker tournaments. He grinds his way through tourney after tourney, patiently waiting for the right hands and pulling chips in his direction - which is why he rightfully earned the nickname The Grinder. The poker player used to shill for Absolute Poker back in the day. We're not sure if he plays online, but he definitely lives it up in Vegas.

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New Jersey, USA

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