Phil Ivey Voted Best Player Ever in Doug Polk’s Poll

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Phil Ivey Voted Best Player Ever in Doug Polk’s Poll
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25 Mar

Phil Ivey has topped Doug Polk’s poll for the top 20 poker players ever. After asking his Twitter followers to help build a shortlist of 100 players, Polk whittled that down to 20 with a vote and then asked the fans to vote again with the new list.


Doyle Brunson was the poll runner-up with Daniel Negreanu just piping 16-time WSOP bracelet winner Phil Hellmuth for third place.

These polls are extremely subjective with many voters supporting their favourite players rather than really thinking about who deserves to top the list. But even if the order of the top 20 players ever is debatable, the players included probably all deserve to be on the list.

Phil Ivey topping the list is certainly no surprise but for sure there will be many shouting that Doyle Brunson’s longevity in the game has him deserving the top spot. Also, the fact that most people who play poker today started after the poker boom means that Stuey Ungar’s legend status is not as appreciated as much as when he was still alive.



Poll Results for Top 20 Poker Players Ever

  1. Phil Ivey – 4,691 votes
  2. Doyle Brunson – 4,178 votes
  3. Daniel Negreanu – 4,112 votes
  4. Phil Hellmuth – 4,015 votes
  5. Erik Seidel – 3,822 votes
  6. Stu Ungar – 3,781 votes
  7. Phil Galfond – 3,696 votes
  8. Tom Dwan – 3,670 votes
  9. Dan Cates – 3,629 votes
  10. Patrik Antonius – 3,579 votes
  11. Fedor Holz – 3,356 votes
  12. Justin Bonomo – 3,285 votes
  13. Issac Haxton – 3,259 votes
  14. Doug Polk – 3,210 votes
  15. Viktor Blom – 3,144 votes
  16. Stephen Chidwick – 3,144 votes
  17. Linus Loeliger – 3,128 votes
  18. Chip Reese – 3,102 votes
  19. Jason Koon – 3,101 votes
  20. Johnny Chan – 3,056 votes

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Mark from London in the UK is a professional cash game player, and part time journalist. A massive chess fan and perpetual traveller.Read more

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