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Famous Poker Players

Listed below, you'll find biography articles of famous poker players. Since the game of poker has become so popular and the game doesn't have "baseball cards" like other popular sports and entertainment has, many of these well known players are somewhat mysterious to the average poker fan.

Our writers have gone out and scraped up as much information they can find about all the biggest names in the game.

While some of this information will surely become outdated over time, it should still give you an idea about the player in question and help you learn a little bit about them. Enjoy!

Doyle Brunson - Biography of "the godfather of poker", Doyle "Texas Dolly" Brunson who has done more for the game than anyone in the history of the industry.

Phil Ivey - Biography of one of if not THE most feared cash game players in the world.

Daniel Negreanu - A fan favorite wherever he plays, Negreanu actually went bust the first time he tried to go pro but has since rebounded for over 9 million dollars in winnings. He lives by the motto "Don't do anything stupid" which is good advice to amateur players.

Phil Hellmuth - Born in Madison, Wisconsin, "the poker brat" is one of the games most controversial players at the table and one of the games most respected while not playing poker.

Johnny Chan - Nicknamed "the Orient Express", Chan is only one of three players to win the WSOP back to back. A feat that may never be done again.

Antonio Esfandiari - Nicknamed "the magician", Esfandiari came to the USA at age 9 and didn't even know how to speak english believe it or not. Since then, he's worked his way up into one of the most recognizable faces in poker with over 3 million dollars in tournament earnings at time of print.

Chris Ferguson - Nicknamed "Jesus" for his appearnace at the table (long hair, dark shades, cowboy hat) he is one of the best poker players in the world.

Men Nguyen - Nicknamed "The Master", you can't help but root for this guy once you've heard his life story. Born in Vietname, he escaped the communist country, built himself a life in the U.S.A. and now helps people of his native country.

Chris Moneymaker - One of the most famous poker players of his era and credited with started the poker boom after he won the 2003 WSOP Main Event after getting there by winning a $40 satellite tourney at Poker Stars.

Barry Greenstein - One of the classiest players in the game. Also known as one of the best cash game players on the planet. What you might not know about him is that he is a supporter of children's organizations and gives away a ton of his tournament winnings to places such as Children Incorporated. Dude exudes class bigger than most will ever understand.

Greg Raymer - Also known as "The Fossilman", this poker pro is one of the most intelligent opponents at any table he sits at and is a major threat in any tournament he enters.

Mike Matusow - The most loved and most hated poker player of all time. Watch him play once and you'll understand.

Dan Harrington - This guy is sharp! Professional roulette player? Pro and champion chess and backgammon player? Attorney? This is not a guy I'd like to see sitting across from me at the table! He even nicknamed himself "Action Dan" to throw off off his opponents as his game is actually tight.

Howard Lederer - Brother to pro Annie Duke, Howard is the president of Full Tilt Poker and one of the most respected players in the game today.

TJ Cloutier - AKA the "Paul Bunyon of Poker", this ex professional athlete turned poker player has had great success at the tables. He's also authored popular books such as How to Win the Championship: Hold’em Strategies for the Final Table and more.

Scotty Nguyen - From hell through high water, Thuan "Scotty" Nguyen has come a long way to become on of the biggest money winners of all time.

John Juanda - One of the classiest players on the circuit, "JJ" is a well respected player who despite being quiet as a person, is very aggressive at the tables. One of our favorites to watch.

Erick Lindgren - With over 5.9 million dollars in poker winnings, who can dispute that E-Dog being a danger at any table he graces?

Ted Forrest - Considered to be one of the best stud players in the world.

Gus Hansen - Nicknamed "The Great Dane", Gus has over 7 million dollars in tournament winnings. He is also a member of team Full Tilt.

Phil Laak - Nicknamed "the Unabomber" for his hooded attire, he is one of the most likable players on the circuit and is currently dating female pro player Jennifer Tilly.

Michael Mizrachi - Nickamed "The Grinder", Mizrachi credits his success to playing so much on the internet.

Joseph Hachem - Once a chiropractor, Hachem has found much greener pastures as a professional poker player. He has a WSOP bracelet to his credit.

Erik Seidel - Finished 2nd to Johnny Chan in the 1988 WSOP. Has many big wins under his belt and is always a threat to win any tournament he enters.

David Benyamine - He started as a pro tennis player but got injured at a young age. He then leanedo on his passion for rummy until he learned how to play poker. This guy was born to compete and win.

Mansour Matloubi - Biography of the Iranian winner of the 1990 WSOP.

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