In recent years poker has become a highly popular and profitable pass time, and many have taken advantage of great starting bonuses that poker websites like offer. It is hard to make a definitive list of the best poker players of all time, but there is some generally agreed upon consensus. Total winnings, championships, and just universal acknowledgement of a player’s skill have all led to these five men being widely known as some of the best poker players of all time.

Chip Reese

While he only has three World Series of Poker bracelets to show for his career, Chip Reese is considered by most to be one of, if not the best, Seven-Card Stud player to ever play. Though he sadly passed away at the age of 56 in 2007, Reese collected over $3 million in winnings throughout his career, the bulk of which came from a $1,784,640 prize at the 2006 H.O.R.S.E. World Championship.

Phil Ivey

It is hard to classify Phil Ivey, as he excels at all types of poker – having brought home a World Series of Poker bracelet each for Omaha, 7 Card Stud, 2-7 Draw Lowball, H.O.R.S.E., and S.H.O.E. His total bracelet count currently stands at 8, having scored three of them in 2002, another two in 2009, and three others overall. Many attribute Ivey’s diverse success to his pure, raw talent, even positing that he could be the best all-around poker player in the game’s history. In 2008, he finally brought home a World Poker title, along with more than $1.5 million in the tournament. For the whole package, you cannot deny Ivey’s presence in the top five all time players.

Johnny Moss

Johnny Moss’s heyday was back in the 1970’s, when he took home seven bracelets from the World Series of Poker. He added another two bracelets to this collection throughout the rest of his career, bringing his total to nine overall, and making him the fourth most winningest player in the history of this game. His career-long success, as well as his claim to fame as winning the first World Championship in poker history, have given him two distinct honors: one, being named a charter member of the Poker Hall of Fame, and two, earning the lovable nickname “The Grand Old Man of Poker.”

Doyle Brunson

A very versatile player, over his long career (over 50 years!), Doyle Brunson has won bracelets in Deuce to Seven Draw, Teas Hold’Em, Seven Card Razz, H.O.R.S.E., Seven Card Stud, and Mixed Doubles. Along with Moss, he dominated the 1970’s era, winning six bracelets throughout the decade, including doubles in both 1976 and 1977. He is also notable for being the first player ever to win $1 million in an event.

Stu Ungar

While it is hard to say for sure who belongs at the top of this list, Stu Ungar certainly makes a brilliant case for it. His era was the 1980’s, although he won the last of his five bracelets in 1997. His career earnings total well over $3 million, and probably would still be climbing today if not for his unfortunate passing at the age of 45 in 1998.

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