Once you’re in the poker world you constantly look out for tricks, tactics, and methods to get on a winning streak. But all these tricks don’t work out unless you ace them. Have you ever wondered how those poker legends made it to the top of the row? Here’s a list of 5 poker legends who once ruled the poker world:
- Doyle Brunson
Doyle F. Brunson is a poker legend from Texas, U.S. He was the first poker player to earn $1 million from poker tournaments. He stands second, tied with Phil Ivey and Johnny Chan for winning 10 World Series Of Poker (WSOP), the first being Phil Hellmuth with 14 bracelets. He didn’t just stop with 10 WSOP’s; he also went on to get straight back-to-back wins in the main events in 1976-1977.
He went on a World Poker Tour and won the title as well. Burton has come up with many poker variations that have been adapted as individual poker games in many casinos. Despite being in his late 80’s, Burton is still playing high stake cash games in his club.
- David “Chip” Reese
David Edward Reese, widely regarded as the greatest cash gamer in poker, was an American professional poker player. Reese became the youngest poker player to be included in the Poker Hall of Fame in 1991. He was a poker legend of his time and won $50,000 in the H.O.R.S.E event during the World Series of Poker in 2006, before his death in 2007.
Reese won three bracelets in WSOP, but he is widely regarded for his cash game victories. He is also considered to be the greatest cash poker player of all times. The “David ‘Chip’ Reese Memorial Trophy” was found in the year 2008, as a tribute to this legend.
- Stu Ungar
Stu Ungar made his first card game tournament win in Gin Rummy at an early age of 10. He then went on to become the best Gin Rummy player in New York by the age of 14. Unger is regarded as the best Gin Rummy and Texas hold’em player to have ever lived. He is the only player to have won three Main Event titles, and became the youngest champion of his times.
- Mike Sexton
Mike Sexton ruled the poker world during the early 80’s. He was a pro in partypoker and has made more than $5.7 million in cash during his lifetime of play in live tournaments. He is also the founder of now-defunct tournament, a world class poker tournament that is considered as one of the best tournaments of all time. He has been recognized as an ambassador for world’s top poker players by Card Player Magazine.
- Phil Hellmuth
Phil Hellmuth, the American professional poker player won a record breaking win of 14 WSOP bracelets. He also won two Main Events of WSOP in the year 1989 and 2012, and went on to be included in the Poker Hall of Fame in 2007. He is also one of the most successful poker legends to have earned more than $18.2 million in his poker history.