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These Top 10 Poker Stars Will Inspire You

Written by Jason Frakk. Last updated on

Poker is one tough game.

You must have heard a lot of stories of players losing out a lot, and there have been lots of stories of bankruptcy as well.

Not to scare you completely, there have been a lot of great stories to come out from the game of poker as well.

You do need a bit of skill and luck but practice overall will give you the chance of doing the best in the poker games.

Here are some of the best players of poker to inspire you to do well.

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Joe Hachem

Joe Hachem

Hachem was born in Lebanon, not the biggest country in terms of Poker play.

In fact, he was a chiropractor by professions but due to various illnesses and bad luck forced him to stop his profession.

Searching for new avenues to make money, he started playing poker and he was able to win the 2005 WSOP, defeating, get this over 5000 players! He won a cool $7.5 million, which was the highest pot at that time.


John Juanda

John Juanda

Continuing crazy stories to inspire you, John was born in Indonesia and was a track star at University.

He was also a Bible salesman before he found poker.

He then loved the game and became a full-time player and has won 3 World Series of Poker Tournaments.


Daniel Negreanu

Daniel Negreanu

Just think about being one credit away from graduating from college and then taking a risk by giving it all up for Poker, sounds crazy but that is what Daniel did, he knew he was good at Poker and he left college just being one credit away to move to Las Vegas to play the game he loved.


Antonio Esfandiari

Antonio Esfandiari

Poker is seen as an outlet for players and the same can be said about Antonio, who was born in Iran just before the revolution.

When he moved to San Jose, he faced a lot of bullying in school which led him to change his name from Amir to Anthony and to Antonio now, he is called as the Magician now.


Phil Ivey

phil ivey

Phil Ivey is considered to be one of the best players in the Poker circuit.

He was born in Riverside, California.

He has won multiple tournaments and has donated generously to various charitable organizations, so not only does he win a lot of money he gives back to the community as well.


Phil Helmuth

phil helmuth

Helmuth became the youngest player to win the World Series of Poker main event in 1989 at the age of 24, thus becoming the youngest champion for the main event.

He is 5th on the all-time money list of poker players. He has a strange quirk of being at his seat at poker tournaments hours before they start.


Gus Hansen

gus hansen

Gustav Hansen was born in Denmark and now resides in the lovely state of Monaco, near France.

He is a professional gambler according to what he says and has actually placed bets on things other than poker as well, like personal athletic challenges.

He has won three World Poker Titles and was a former backgammon champion before shifting to poker.

He was also a youth tennis champion but gave that all up to be part of the poker circuit.


Doyle Brunson

doyle brunson

Doyle is a legend in the poker circuit having played for over 50 years.

He was one of the first players to win the main event at the WSOP multiple times and was the first player to earn $1,000,000 in poker winnings.

He was born in Longworth, Texas in a town with just a 100 people.

He was very athletic since he had to travel long distances to other cities, ending up in various college teams.

He was a promising basketball player but that went off due to an injury, to cope with that he started playing the game so that he could pay off for the treatment and while he got a job after graduating college, he was invited to play a tournament and won 3 times his monthly salary and never looked back.


Jason Mercier

jason mercier

He has been constantly ranked as the number one poker player in the world.

He was also named by Bluff magazine as the player of the year in 2009.

He has won two poker bracelets from the World Series of Poker and has also won one Poker Title from Europe.


Chris Moneymaker

chris moneymaker

With a name like that, it should say it all but Chris has one great story, he is the first person to be a champion by qualifying at a poker site, which was never done before and now this effect is called as the moneymaker effect, after his name.

He is a qualified accountant but gave up that profession so that he can travel the world playing the sport that he loved.


These are just some stories to gee you up before you go and play the game of poker.

There are some other great stories that you could find and connect with, till then happy betting.

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