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Alan Goehring
There are two basic types of big-money tournament players in the poker world: those who play for the money, and those who play for fun. You can safely file Alan Goehring away in the latter category.
Amarillo Slim
With today's growing acceptance of poker as a legitimate game of skill, it can be hard for some younger players to imagine that things were ever any different. Before the big media got involved with poker...
Amir Vahedi
Amir is one of the most likable players on the Poker circuit. As a personable and charming character, he is easy to like. Despite being a true competitor, it’s obvious that Amir enjoys his profession immensely.
Annie Duke
In a game that has historically been dominated by males, Annie Duke is making some serious waves. Beyond kicking the stereotype, Annie Duke has gone one better by not only beating the top women players, but taking out the men as well.
Antonio Esfandiari
Every Poker player has a story leading up to their success, but few are as interesting as Antonio Esfandiari’s. Not yet 30, Esfandiari has come over from Iran, worked as a professional magician, won a World Series of Poker championship...
Barry Greenstein
Perhaps the most underrated player in the Poker world right now, Barry Greenstein is one of the most respected players to pick up a pair of cards. His respect is well-earned; Greenstein, who is a calculated player of great intelligence has...
Bill Gazes
Bill Gazes has been a participant in big poker tournaments for well over a decade, but even though he physically towers over most of his competitors he's managed to fly under the radar during most of his time as a tournament player.
Carlos Mortensen
If you ever find yourself sitting to the right of Carlos Mortensen at a tournament table, watch out! The man known as "The Matador" has a reputation as one of the more fearless and aggressive players on the circuit...
Chip Jett
Chip Jett is a familiar face to anyone who watches the World Poker Tour broadcasts on the Travel Channel. His final table appearances at the Party Poker Million II, the Bellagio Five-Diamond World Classic, and the Legends of Poker...
Chris 'Jesus' Ferguson
Easily one of the most recognizable faces in the Poker world, Chris ‘Jesus’ Ferguson is one of the game’s top players. Despite being reputed to be one of the nicest players away from the tables, Chris is a fierce competitor...
Chris Moneymaker
Easily one of the most recognizable names in the Poker world, Chris Moneymaker rose from obscurity to win the 2003 WPT No Limit Hold’em Championship. Before winning that landmark event, Moneymaker was an accountant...
Cyndy Violette
‘There is a very small group of names at the top of the list of the world's top female poker players, and among the best known is Cyndy Violette. She enjoys notoriety in the poker world today, but her journey...
Dan Harrington
‘Action ‘ Dan Harrington is one of the most consistent and solid players in the Poker world. Cool, calm, and technically sound, Dan isn’t the flashiest character to pick up cards, but he still manages to take care of business...
Daniel Negreanu
Born July 26th, 1976 in Toronto, Daniel Negreanu is a study in contrasts; calculated but aggressive, focused but outspoken, and humble but wildly successful. It wasn’t by accident that the friendly Canadian was named 2004 WSOP...
David 'Chip' Reese
One of the games veterans, and longest running professionals, Chip Reese has been playing top level poker for 30 years. In that time he has seen many players come and go, and has left his mark on the game. Legendary Doyle Brunson...
Doyle Brunson
Every medium has its superstars; timeless participants that will go down in history as among the best ever. In the Poker world, one such player is Doyle “The Texas Dolly” Brunson. Even after his 80th birthday, Doyle remains...
Eric Seidel
Some players just let their play speak for themselves; Eric Seidel is one of those players. He doesn’t have the fame and profile of some of his rivals, but Eric is content to play his analytical style without the excessive fanfare and flash.
Erick Lindgren
Some of the most successful poker players of the last few years have been under the age of 30, and among the top of that group is Erick Lindgren. At only 27 years of age, this California native has total tournament winnings over...
Evelyn Ng
Evelyn Ng is one of Poker’s rising stars. As a player who consistently improves every aspect of her game, Evelyn is starting to gain the recognition and respect that she deserves. With the help of superstar coach and fellow Canadian...
Freddy Deeb
Not too many poker players would refer to a large cash game as an ‘investment’, but that’s exactly how Kassem ‘Freddy ‘ Deeb sees it. One of the more respected players in the game, Freddy has been playing for many years.
Greg "Fossilman" Raymer

It’s unlikely any player had a better year in 2004 than Greg Raymer; he electrified the poker industry by winning the World Series of Poker, along with the $5 million dollar purse the event carried. Raymer, a patent attorney from Connecticut...

Gus Hansen
Gustav (Gus) Hansen, originally from Copenhagen, Denmark, is one of the most aggressive players in Poker. From humble beginnings as an unknown amateur in Santa Cruz, California, Gus Hansen has quickly developed a...
Howard Lederer
Howard Lederer’s success can be summed up by two things : Hard work and Dedication. These two traits have always characterized Howard’s approach to the game, dating back to the family card games he played as a child growing up in New Hampshire.
Humberto Brenes
Entertaining at the tables, popular among both players and fans, Humberto Brenes is one of a kind. The native Costa Rican has been playing poker for 35 years, and now ranks 21st among...
Jennifer Harman
Jennifer Harman is probably one of the most dangerous players to sit down at a table with. At 5’2” and around a 100lbs, you might not suspect that from her physical appearance, but make no mistake; she’s the real deal.
Jennifer Tilly
Since the late 1980s Jennifer Tilly has been best known as an actress, having appeared in well over 100 movies and television shows such as Bound, Bride of Chucky, and Liar Liar. She may not be an "A" list star, but she works constantly...
John Juanda
Young, aggressive and confident, John Juanda is part of Poker’s new breed of competitors. Not yet 34 years old, Juanda already has 3 World Series of Poker bracelets, and has earned himself a reputation as one of the toughest...
Johnny Chan
Back to back world championships, appearance in a Hollywood film, and successful restaurateur are just some of the things Johnny Chan could put on a resume. It’s not like he needs another job though, as the savvy Chan has...
Johnny Moss
Before the advent of the World Poker Tour and its revolutionary hole-cams, the only tournament in the world that really mattered was the "Big One": the World Series of Poker $10,000 No-Limit Hold'em Main Event.
Josh Arieh
Josh Arieh is one of the most controversial players currently playing professional Poker. Supremely confident to the point of arrogance, Josh Arieh plays a very aggressive game of Poker- he plays to win every time. So far, Josh has been...
Joseph Hachem
A look at the top of the all-time poker tournament money list today finds an unlikely name standing above all the world-class professionals you'd expect to find there: Joseph Hachem.
Juha Helppi
Juha Helppi hails from Helsinki, Finland, a location that rarely produces faces familiar to North American audiences (with the possible exception of hockey players). Unlike many of his countrymen, however...
Kathy Liebert
Liebert was born in Tennessee and raised on Long Island in New York. After attending Marist College in Poughkeepsie, NY, and earning a degree in business and finance, she worked as a business analyst with global business information...
Layne Flack
One of the more entertaining personalities in the Poker community has to be Layne Flack. Despite his reputation as somewhat of a party animal, Layne also has the ability to get it done at the table; witness his five World Series of Poker bracelets.
Marcel Luske
Over the last five years Marcel Luske has been something like the Kevin Bacon is to the film world, the guy who's been at the final table with most of the poker best players in the world. Like Bacon, he's also known for his affinity for music...
Max Pescatori
Max Pescatori may not be a familiar name to you yet, but if the man known as "the Italian Pirate" keeps up his winning ways he'll be as recognizable a pro as there is on the tournament circuit today. 2005 has been a good year for the...
Men "The Master" Nguyen
Men ‘The Master’ Nguyen is one of the most liked players in the Poker world. That says a lot about him personally, when you consider how many pots he has won and how much money he has taken off his opponents. He is widely...
Mike Matusow
There are few players on the tournament circuit as colorful as Mike Matusow. Whether he's talking smack while he runs over his table, talking about the size of his cojones on camera, or making the final table of the WSOP Main Event...
Mike Sexton
Mike Sexton is as close to a household name as you'll find in the poker world today. Between his endorsement contract with Party Poker to his job as commentator on the World Poker Tour's broadcasts on the Travel Channel...
Paul Phillips
Paul Phillips has been playing in big poker tournaments since the late 1990s, after making a lot of money the height of the dot-com boom by selling stock he earned from his job as Chief Technical Officer for a company called Go2Net.com.
Phil Gordon
Phil Gordon is easily one of Poker’s most interesting personalities; while not flashy like Devilfish Ulliot or outspoken like Phil Hellmuth, Gordon is certainly a character. Despite not entering the arena of professional poker until 2001...
Phil Hellmuth
While his table attitude may have attracted some negative attention, few people can dispute the fact that Phil Hellmuth is one of the most accomplished Poker players in the history of the game. Already at age 40, Hellmuth...
Phil Ivey
Calculated and cool under pressure, Phil Ivey is the prototypical new generation Poker player. Heralded by some as the “Tiger Woods” of Poker, Phil Ivey is an aggressive, focused competitor at the poker tables. And far from...
Phil Laak
Phil "The Unabomber" Laak may not have decades of poker experience under his belt, but his television tournament appearances have made him one of the more popular players on the circuit today. This 32-year-old Irish-born...
Robert Varkonyi
Robert Varkonyi shocked the Poker world when he won the main event of the World Series of Poker in 2002. Quiet and unassuming, Varkonyi was an unknown in a very tough field, but in the end he came through to outlast...
Sam Farha
Aggressive, cunning, and intimidating, are just some of the ways to describe Sam Farha’s play at the Poker table. Sam “Sammy” Farha is a gambler through and through, and he’ll bet on anything, from a Poker game for $1 million cash...
Thuan (Scotty) Nguyen
Aggressive, flashy, and outlandish are just some of the ways to describe Poker legend Thuan (Scotty) Nguyen. Always with a grin on his face, Scotty is one of the true characters of Poker. He is known for his ultra aggressive style...
Simon "Aces" Trumper
While not one of the headline players in North America YET, Simon ‘Aces’ Trumper is one of the top players in Europe. His exciting style and aggressive play have been earning him titles all over the world, and he is one of the most...
Stu Ungar
Stu Ungar was one of the greatest players to play Poker. Tragically, we must refer to Stu in the past tense, as he deceased in 1998. Ungar was a gifted player and devastatingly intelligent; he rode his skills to three WSOP...
Ted Forrest
In the last year or two, Ted Forrest has become a fixture at televised poker tournament final tables. His knowledge of the game is thorough, his demeanor at the table is calm and confident, and those who watch him will almost never seen...
T.J. Cloutier
Some people are just bound to be successful at whatever they choose to do. T.J. Cloutier is one of these people; before becoming a Poker legend, Cloutier was a successful businessman, and a professional football player.
Todd Brunson
In 1989 20-year-old Todd Brunson was living in Lubbock, Texas, where he studied law at Texas Tech University. Unbeknownst to his father he had been playing poker throughout college and had developed...



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