Legends leave behind an example that is hard to defy. Be motivated to hear the story of these American poker players who might bring you inspiration!
Some people have set the bars high for the game of poker, and no doubt, these living legends are an inspiration and role models for many future stars. Let’s take an overview of some of the top American poker players in the industry:
Known as the Tiger Woods of Poker, Phil Ivey is widely renowned as the best poker player in the game today. He performs in his greatest ability, whenever he steps in the game. It was in the year 2000 when he won his first World Series Poker bracelet at the $2500 Pot-Limit Omaha event. Since then, he has won 7 bracelets, making him the pioneer of poker skills. He started playing the game in the Atlantic City casinos at the real age of 18, which he duped to be 21 for a few years. He also faked his name as Jerome Graham.
With over $5 million in lifetime tournament winnings, Vanessa Selbst breaks the gender stereotype by being one of the best female poker players in history. She has 5 tables finished to her name, along with two WSOP bracelets. She won the prestigious Partouche Poker Tour Main Event in 2010, taking € 1,300,000. She made her first big appearance at the WSOP $2000 No-Limit Hold’Em event in 2006. The 39th annual WSOP was her first catch, where she collected $230,000 in prize money.
Known by the online alias name of ‘durrrr’, Tom Dwan emerged into the high rolling poker scene in 2007. At a little age of 17, he started playing poker, and in three years he climbed up the ladder to some huge amounts. At that time, full tilt poker was widely followed, and he was already competing against the biggest names including Phil Ivey, Viktor Blom, and Frederick Halling. He won his first major live tournament, the £3,000 European Poker Tour Main Event in 2005. The closest he came to winning a WSOP event was in 2010, where he finished 2nd at the $1500 No-Limit Hold’Em.
Jason Mercier became popular after winning the European Poker Tour Sanremo Main Event. Since then he has accumulated huge stacks of cash, with over $8 million in tournament earnings as of now. His impressive career started by winning the first live tournament ticket in an online satellite. Currently, he has one EPT title and 2 World Series of Poker bracelets. At the 2009 WSOP, he had 4 cashes and first bracelet, taking down the Pot Limit Omaha event.
Popular by the name of the Poker Brat, Phil Hellmuth is considered as one of the existing poker legends. He has a total of 13 WSOP bracelets to his name, more than anyone else. He is known for constant bragging and ranting, but his records have kept him high on the heels. He is also the youngest poker player to have won the WSOP bracelet, at the age of 25. His World Series domination is also presented by the biggest cash out in the career, collecting $2.6 million at ‘The Big One for One Drop’ event.