Doug Polk Narrows Down List Of Top Poker Players Of All Time To 20

Last Updated on March 16, 2022 Author:Adrian Sterne

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  • Doug Polk’s top 20 list has now been released
  • The ranking is based on votes cast by fans which started in February
  • The Best Poker Player of All Time will be announced on March 22

Doug Polk‘s latest series ranking the best poker players of all time is gaining momentum, with the final results set to be announced on March 22.

Yesterday, Doug Polk discussed the latest standings via a YouTube live stream lasting three and a half hours. Joining him were Kane Kalas and Mike Brady.

Poker legend Phil Ivey currently tops the list, with Doyle Brunson, Daniel Negreanu, Phil Hellmuth and Erik Seidel completing the Top 5.

Polk announced an initial list of Top 100 players when he opened the voting to fans back in February. That list has now been narrowed down to the Top 20.

Ivey Tops the List

The latest standings put Phil Ivey at the top with 4,691 votes, followed by Brunson (4,178), Negreanu (4,112), Hellmuth (4,015), and Seidel (3,822).

It comes as no surprise that the Top 5 is comprised of players widely considered as legends of the game. They are all members of the Poker Hall of Fame, with multiple World Series of Poker (WSOP) gold bracelets to their name. Throughout their respective careers, they have earned millions in live tournament cashes.

Ivey, in particular, is a 10-time WSOP bracelet winner. He is regarded as the world’s best all-around player as he excels in different variants and formats. Throughout his career, he has amassed more than $32,300,000 in live tournament cashes, including multiple podium finishes.

Despite the many legal challenges he has faced over the years arising from his gambling pursuits, he remains among the most popular poker players and still continues to crush the tables.


Final Results Out March 22

The other players who made it to Polk’s Top 20 list are Stu Ungar (6th, 3,781 votes), Phil Galfond (7th, 3,696 votes), Tom Dwan (8th, 3,670 votes), Dan Cates (9th, 3,629 votes) and Patrik Antonius (10th, 3,579 votes).

Completing the list are Fedor Holz (11th), Justin Bonomo (12th), Isaac Haxton (13th), Doug Polk (14th), Viktor Blom (15th), Stephen Chidwick (16th), Linus Loeliger (17th), Chip Reese (18th), Jason Koon (19th) and Johnny Chan (20th).

The Best Poker Player of All Time will be revealed on the Doug Polk Podcast on YouTube on March 22.

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