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Who's the best poker player in the world?

Postby blackchilli » Fri May 22, 2009 2:46 am

Hi folks,

I was reading the High stakes poker thread and a lot of people were talking about durrr. I really like that guy's style of play ( I can't do it ) but I don't think he's the best in the world. Here's a thread to discuss who you think is the best player, regardless of whether its live, tourney or online. It'd be interesting if you typed in a bit of input on the players and why they are on your list as well.

In my opinion...

1) Phil Ivey/Patrick Antonius

These guys are bloody crazy. I think Phil plays a bit more aggresively but they both seem to know when to fold, call or raise at the right time. Hard fight between who's the top in my opinion, so they get to share the spot :)

2) Joe Hachem

I feel he's extremely underrated. After watching his latest tournaments and HSP appearance, I find him to be a very deserving main event champion.

3) Doyle Brunson

He doesn't play many hands but he's still earning a lot of money at such an old age. Gotta admire him eh?

Anyone wanna share your list of the top 3?
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Re: Who's the best poker player in the world?

Postby dsasdfg » Fri May 22, 2009 9:46 am

I admire Stu Ungar a lot!!! He is a very good player, very good friend. Too bad he went into drugs.. Below are some information that I got off the internet.

As a good player, below are one of the games that he have played:

The 1991 World Series of Poker Stu Ungar faced off against Mansour Matloubi in no limit hold'em at the $50,000 buy-in heads-up freeze out event. On the final hand of the game Matloubi tried to bluff Stuey all-in for $32,000 on the river with a board of 3-3-7-K-Q. Ungar who held 10-9, thought for a few seconds and told Maltoubi "You have 4-5 or 5-6 so I'm gonna call you with this" and flipped over his 10-high to win the pot and bust Maltoubi, who in fact held exactly what Ungar said he did.

As a good friend, well, please read yourself:

Ungar once won a large amount of money (over $1.5 million) on a series of horse races. That night, Ungar took all his close friends out to a strip club and paid for the entire evening which included numerous girls, Cristal champagne and a VIP booth. Sexton estimated the night cost Ungar $8,800 and he never once asked or expected any of his group to pay for a single penny of it.
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Re: Who's the best poker player in the world?

Postby molaboy » Fri May 22, 2009 3:41 pm

Here are my thoughts..

1. Read - Daniel Negreanu
2. Aggresive Plays - Patrick/Elezra
3. Tactics - Phil Hellmuth
4. Donkey - Durr/Dario

Overall.. I like Mike Matusow.. Hope i wont inherit his blowouts.
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Re: Who's the best poker player in the world?

Postby DM101 » Fri May 22, 2009 3:48 pm

I quite fancy Allen Cunningham. Very humble fella.
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Re: Who's the best poker player in the world?

Postby blackchilli » Fri May 22, 2009 8:00 pm

Yeah Allen Cunningham is a great player. Stu Ungar was supposedly the best of all time and it really is amazing whenever I happen to find a clip of him playing.

I've always felt that Durr will self implode. Someday some better players IMO like Patrick Antonius or Phil Ivey, or more willing gamblers like Sammy and Eli will put him in his place.
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Re: Who's the best poker player in the world?

Postby felixleong » Sun May 24, 2009 10:20 am

Phil Ivey is da nuts~
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Re: Who's the best poker player in the world?

Postby astroboi512 » Sun May 24, 2009 1:43 pm

the question here is a bit wide? is it base on cash games tourneys ? limit? omaha or hold em?
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Re: Who's the best poker player in the world?

Postby blackchilli » Sun May 24, 2009 10:29 pm

Ah, definitely no limit holdem. It doesn't matter whether its cash, tourney or online. Basically, I would just like to hear what others think about the poker skills of the top players in the world.
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Re: Who's the best poker player in the world?

Postby inspir3d » Mon May 25, 2009 2:44 am

I think Tom Dwan has the most raw talent of the young guns.

He's rough around the edges but a few more years experience and he will be the best...

Phil galfond is a close 2nd.

Negreanu is a cash game donk.
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Re: Who's the best poker player in the world?

Postby acehigh » Mon May 25, 2009 2:41 pm

jennifer harman!
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Re: Who's the best poker player in the world?

Postby kendricktamis » Mon Mar 22, 2010 1:15 pm

I would have to say the best poker player in the world would have to be Brunson. I emphasize the word poker because the terms refers to different type of poker.
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Re: Who's the best poker player in the world?

Postby BigBoh » Sat Mar 27, 2010 6:03 pm

Interesting thread... IMHO, the best player of all time is the one that constantly bust you 3 times a night... Or worst... Make you lay down the better hand 4 times a night... Haha...

Haha...
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Re: Who's the best poker player in the world?

Postby chenghao » Sat Mar 27, 2010 6:19 pm

chip reese
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Re: Who's the best poker player in the world?

Postby Deco_Lim » Sat Mar 27, 2010 7:20 pm

Phil Ivey or Tom Dwan in my opinion, are the best players in the world.
Phil Galfond's impressive, but against Dwan and Ivey, still some gap in between them.
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