1970 saw the advent of a new and exciting endeavour: the very first World Series of Poker was held in Reno, on an invitation-only basis. Ever since, professional poker players all strive toward being able to compete in a World Series of Poker event. The World Series of Poker has come a long way since Johnny Moss walked away with the highly coveted silver cup. Today the event is attended by thousands of players from all over the globe – and entrance is ensured by means of a qualifying process or by buying-in on the action. Millions of dollars in prize money are up for grabs during each World Series of Poker event.
It’s events such as the World Series of Poker and the widely televised World Poker Tour that separate the good players from the great players – and the great players from the BEST players in the world.
The criteria are simple: the more often you win a hand, the more money you make. The more money you make by playing professional poker – the higher you climb the ranks towards being crowned the best Poker player in the world during any given year.
2017 has seen the rise of many a new and existing Poker star – with only time able to reveal how each player’s position on the listing will be influenced.
Joe Cada, Greg Merson and Martin Jacobson
Joe Cada, Greg Merson and Martin Jacobson regularly compete in premier Poker events – with their last big wins having been in 2012 and 2014, respectively. Cada – nicknamed The Kid – reigned victorious during the 45th Annual World Series of Poker event, in 2014. Cada’s first prize paid out at a staggering $670,041.00 (US Dollars). He played the Hold’em six-handed Championship.
Merson was the winner of the 43rd Annual World Series of Poker event, walking away with a cool $8,531,853.00 (US Dollars) and Jacobson won $10,000,000.00 (US Dollars) during the 2014 No-limit Hold’em event for his 1st place finish.
Sam Trickett, Jamie Gold and Phil Hellmuth
Sam Trickett, Jamie Gold and Phil Hellmuth – also known as Tricky, Comeback Kid and The Poker Brat – each won mammoth amounts of cash during the 2012 43rd Annual World Series of Poker event, the 2006 37th Annual World Series of Poker event and the 2015 46th Annual World Series of Poker event. Gold aced the 2006 event, walking away with the almost unimaginable amount of $12,000,000.00 (US Dollars).
Duhamel, Negreanu and Colman
Jonathan Duhamel, Daniel Negreanu and Daniel Colman are currently ranked 4th, 3rd and 2nd on the world Poker ranks. Each able to hold his own in his respective event - they walked away with millions. Colman blew his games right out of the water and left with a total prize money of $15,306,668.00. These 3 players have also played Poker extensively online, and you never know- you may have even been pitted against one of them when you’ve played at Canadian mobile casinos!
World Number 1: Antonio Esfandiari
Antonio Esfandiari – nicknamed The Magician (for good reason) – is the most recent Annual World Series of Poker event winner. His total earnings to date are estimated at an eye-watering $21,965,385.00.