The best three poker players of all times

A favourite debate among poker enthusiasts is who the best poker players of all times are. People who do not understand the game imagine poker is merely gambling and a game of chance. But, do you really think the reason why the same players make it to the final table in international poker tournaments every single year is because they are merely unbelievably lucky? Poker is a lot like chess. The best players cash in and win more tournaments because they are good – not because they are merely lucky.

The best professional players

Like in any other sport, the more skill you have in poker the more you will cash in and win over time. To fuel the discussion on who the best poker players of all times are, here are our three, all-time best poker players ever based on players' wit, bankroll management, money won and dominance in their heyday:

1. Stu Ungar

Stu Ungar was an incredible player with super natural abilities for reading the game. His creativity and razor-sharp mind destroyed opponents on the poker table with a ruthless certainty that was simply a wonder. He was unrivaled in the major world’s poker tournament throughout much of the 70s, having won the WSOP Main Events three times each to become the only player to achieve the fete.

His dominance was not just in poker, though. He also achieved legendary success in other variations of the game, including stud and hold ‘em. By the end of his career he had won over $30m from poker alone. Sady, although a brilliant player well ahead of his time, Ungar was an unapologetic reprobate. His cocaine addiction contributed to his early death in a low rent Los Vegas motel room.

2. Phil Ivey

Phil Ivey, fondly known as the "Tiger Woods of Poker" is arguably the most consistent all-round professional player in the history of the game. He plays 7 Card Stud, 7 Draw Lowball, Omaha, H.O.R.S.E and S.H.O.E. with a grace and raw talent that many professional poker players publicly asserted is almost untouchable.

Ivey won a total of eight World Series of Poker bracelets between 2002 and 2009. In 2008, he added a World Poker Tour title to his trophy haul that came with earnings of over $1.5 million. Since then, Phil Ivey has earned in excess of $20 million playing poker and underlined his almost untouchable status as the best all-round poker player ever.

3. Patrik Antonius

Finally, on our list of three best poker players of all times is Patrik Antonius. Antonius is arguably the closest thing there is to Phil Ivey in poker. He dominates online and live poker games with raw talent and a consistency that reminds you of Ivey. This has made him one of the most respected poker players in the modern game. His reputation keeps growing and it is not difficult to see him becoming one of the legends of the game in the long run.

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