Poker has remained one of the most popular card games in the world for awhile now.
The game has become an international sensation attracting players and spectators from every region imaginable.
This article aims to count down some of the best poker players currently playing the game.
Some of these players are already millionaires.
Others show big promises and have bright futures.
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1. Mike McDonald
McDonald has estimated earnings of $4,327,428 for 2014.
As many people call him, Mike “Timex” McDonald is a Canadian poker player who had his breakthrough when he was just 18 years old.
McDonald is the youngest player to take home the pot in a main event under a European Poker Tournament.
From his early winnings, McDonald earned more than $10 million for live tournament games. The player has also won three seven-figure results for this year. He is definitely one of the best to watch out for.
Timex began 2014 by playing in the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure. He was eighth during the final table under $100k Super High Roller. The pot was at $217,230. He was the runner up to Dominik Panka during the $10,300 PCA Main Event.
During the event Timex became the first person to become the two-time EPT Champion.
He went to Melbourne and won $1.3 million. He was a runner up to the Aussie Millions $100,000 Challenge.
Phil Ivey was the winner of the event under the $250k Super High Roller. He took home $1.7 million.
2. Phil Ivey
Many would agree that Phil Ivey is the best poker player alive yet.
For this year alone, his estimated earnings are already at $3,582,753.
Ivey won at the Aussie Millions with a big pot at $3.5 million. Ivey won against Mike McDonald to take home the pot at the $250k Super High Roller Challenge.
While the Aussie Millions is the only scored considered for this yet, it enough to give Ivey a high spot among the players to watch out for this year.
3. Fabian Quoss
Fabian has an estimated earnings of $2,405,791 for this year.
To date, Quoss earned $5.7 million for his live poker tournaments. He has also been credited for an excellent performance during the PCA 2014.
Quoss ranked 26th during $25,500 High Roller event for $59,300. After that, he was able to win his first ever seven figure score during the $100,000 PCA Super High Roller for $1,629,940.
4. Dominik Panka
Dominik has estimated earnings of $1,794,594 for this year.
Panka is an excellent sample of someone going from rags to riches.
The player has started from nowhere only to become one of the most anticipated players for this year.
He surprised the poker industry when won over Mike McDonald during the $10,300 PCA Main Event. He took home a final prize of $1.4 million.
5. Yevgeniy Timoshenko
The Ukranian has earned $1,791,248 for 2014 already.
He has become one of the most anticipated players when he won over Mike McDonald during the Aussie Millions $100,000 Challenge for $1,791,248.
He defeated Timex during the heads-up phase. The event was a huge one hosting around 76 entries including players like Isaac Haxton and Daniel Negreanu.
6. Vanessa Selbst
Selbst is considered the highest earning female player during this time.
For 2014, she has earned $1,400,220 already.
Likewise, Vanessa has earned a total of $9.6 million for her live tournaments.
Selbst ranked third in both $100,000 Super High Roller and $25,500 High Roller giving her $1.3 million in total prizes.
She did not participate in the Aussie Millions because of her honeymoon.
7. Daniel Shak
Shak has earned a total of $1,266,464 for 2014.
One interesting point about Shak is that he is not a professional poker player.
Shak has been earning a living through the stock market. He sees poker as a lavish hobby.
However, it did not turn away Phil Ivey. He signed up Shak to be part of his team. Fortunately, Shak has been proving to be a good investment for Ivey.
He has become one of the most anticipated players of 2014 after he ranked second during the $100,000 Super High Roller under PCA. Daniel won $1.1 million.
He also ranked sixth in the $25,000 Aussie Millions Challenge earning $87,000.
8. Ole Schemion
Ole has earned around $2,915,035 for all his tournaments.
Many credit Schemion for his journey into becoming a high roller. He was once just a young player before making to the High Roller tablet.
He was also the Leader Board champ during the 2011 PokerStars Tournament.
9. Daniel Negreanu
Daniel has total earnings of $21,824,255 for his live tournaments.
Based in Toronto, he has been recognized for his affinity to “gamble.”
Despite his age, he still remains as one of the players to watch out for. He has a total of six WSOP bracelets. He has 36 first place finishes under his name.
10. Paul Volpe
Paul has total earnings of $2,451,651 for his tournaments.
He has three first place finishes and 19 ProRank 1 Position.
He has yet to make a mark like the rest of the players listed but he should be well on his way.
That was our list
These are just some of the players you can follow, but they are the most awesome in my opinion.
Some of them are already well known names for many years while others are beginning to make their mark.
They can be good studies to help you understand how best to increase your win rate and take home more pots.