Top 2016 Male Poker Players of The Year
Jan 14, 2017 NEWS
Champion poker players dictate the way they want to win and the amount they wish to grab. And to be in such a position requires patience and practice. Enlisted below are some of the male poker players who have held their position strong at the top.
Having won the WSOP gold bracelet four times in 1998, 2002, 2003 and 2008, Daniel Negreanu is known to be the youngest player to have achieved the feat in the history of WSOP. Being a popular figure and one of the biggest superstars, Daniel makes frequent appearance on television ads and poker shows. Taking into account the overall worldwide tournaments, he currently occupies the 3rd position on the all-time money list for men, with more than $11 million in winnings. He is all set to augment the figures in the upcoming year!
In the very first major tournament that he participated in 1988 World Series of Poker, he was a runner-up, and followed it up with WSOP final table in 1999, finishing 4th. A total of 8 WSOP bracelets to his name, Erik has won them in five different games including Deuce to Seven Draw, Omaha and Hold’em. Currently in 2016, his total live earnings is more than $30 million, out of which over $5 million have been won at the WSOP. His latest ranking on the Global Poker Index is 25 as of August 2015.
Known for his elaborate chip tricks, the professional magician Antonio won his first World Poker Tour title at the L.A. Poker Classic and close to $1.4 million in 2004. Apart from winning two World Poker Tour titles, he won the largest $1 million buy-in tournament, the Big One for One Drop. After defeating 47 players, he won the biggest prize of over $18 million in the history of poker. His current ranking on the Global Poker Index is 14, and his total live earnings as of 2016 is more than $27 million.
Colman is best known for beating Daniel Negreanu in the 2014 World Series of Poker at the buy-in Big One for One Drop to win the 2nd largest first place prize of $15.3 million. He is also the first player in the history of poker to have won over $1 million in hyper-turbo tournaments in a single calendar year. Having won other major tournaments in 2014 with winnings stretching up to 21 million, this was certainly his best year as he was also awarded the BLUFF Player of the year. As of 2016, his total live earnings exceed $26 million.
Regarded by many as the greatest poker player in the world, Phil Ivey is the youngest player to have won as many as 7 World Series of Poker Gold bracelets. He is also popularly known as the Tiger Woods of Poker. In his professional poker career, he has cumulated more than $12 million, 3rd all time. In 2002, he won three bracelets, the most WSOP wins in a single calendar year. One more win will make him the first player to win 8 WSOP gold bracelets at a very young age.