If you want to play better poker, you’re going to have to learn. One great way to pick up some tricks is to watch better players. In fact, the players you study don’t even have to be alive. You can read about or sometimes watch video footage of players who made a name for themselves as the greatest in their field.
Born February 1, 1976 Phil Ivey is known for his skill, concentration and is regarded by many of his contemporaries as the best all-round poker player in the world today. Growing up in New Jersey, Ivey’s grandfather taught him how to play Five Card Stud at the age of 8 and from there Ivey began playing for money as early as 16 years old. Phil Ivey has won eight World Series of Poker Bracelets, one World Poker Tour title as well as appearing at the final table of nine World Poker Tour tournaments.
Gus (Gustav) Hansen, born in Denmark February 13, 1974 has been playing professional poker since the age of 30 and currently lives in Monte Carlo, Monaco. Hansen made his professional breakthrough at The Five Diamond World Poker Classic in Las Vegas in 2002. He was the first player to succeed in winning three open tournaments consecutively in 2002, 2003, 2004; and has amassed a total career earning of $4,086,782 from playing in World Poker Tour tournaments. In 2004, he was inducted into the World Poker Tour Hall of Fame.
Doyle Brunson has played professional poker for over 50 years. Born in August 10, 1933 he is the first World Series of Poker main event champion to win twice consecutively. In addition, he is the first poker player to earn one million dollars in tournament money and through his longstanding career has won ten World Series of Poker bracelets. Brunson one of only two players, who has won bracelets at WSOP consecutively for four years.
Ferguson (Born April 11, 1963) is perhaps by far one of most and easily recognisable faces in poker today. Winning five World Series of Poker events, which include the 2000 WSOP main event as well as the 2008 NBC National Heads-Up Poker Championship. He is regarded as a top professional player, with a photographic memory and has had the most cash wins in one single year at the World Series of Poker.
Vietnamese American professional poker player born in October of 1962, is a winner of the WSOP bracelet five times and is a notable winner of the 1998 WSOP series main event as well as the 2008 WSOP $50,000 H.O.R.S.E World Championship. Currently he is the only player to win both the WSOP Main Event and $50,000 Players Championship.
Phil Hellmuth is famously known for holding a record twelve World Series of Poker Bracelets. He was also the youngest person to win the WSOP Main Event in 1989, defeating twice champion Johnny Chan in heads up play. His total live tournament winnings in 2011 exceeded $13,000,000 and he has been ranked fourth behind Erik Seidel, Daniel Negreanu and Phil Ivey on All Time Money List.
Negreanu is a Canadian poker player of Romanian origin who has won a total of four World Series of Poker Bracelets as well as World Poker Tour Championship titles. He is regarded as an accomplished tournament and cash game player and has accumulated various other tournament titles. Currently, Negreanu is ranked second in all-time career earnings list and is main star of game show Million Dollar Challenge.