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Professional Poker: Who Are The Most Prominent Players In 2022?

In the last 20 years, poker exploded in popularity, and TV houses have fought over broadcasting rights for some poker tournaments. The number and the quality of players are constantly rising, so it’s not easy to earn accolades for the best poker player.

Author:Emily Sanchez
Reviewer:Elisa Mueller
Jul 13, 2022
In the last 20 years, poker exploded in popularity, and TV houses have fought over broadcasting rights for some poker tournaments. The number and the quality of players are constantly rising, so it’s not easy to earn accolades for the best poker player.
Professional players must have a couple of essential traits. Learning all you can from numerous books on poker is a great start. Being even keel, never too high or too low, also helps with tournament play. Experience is something that comes over time, and a great place to start would be playing poker in an online casinoand then small live tournaments.
Most successful players have a consistent game, always playing the right way. Poker is partially based on luck, but consistent play with experience and knowledge will prevail in the long run. Here are the best pros in 2022 so far.

Bryn Kenney

Professional poker player from New York started tournament play in 2007 and managed to earn $56 million. However, the biggest loot came in 2019, where he cashed out over $20 million for third place at Triton Million in England. He has been among the top players since 2014, when he managed 32 money finishes in the World Series of Poker.

Justin Bonomo

With more than $55 million in career earnings, Virginia native Justin Bonomo is among the most accomplished players in pro poker. He started playing early and quickly became a prominent poker player. He had a record year in 2018, earning more than $25 million from poker tournaments. In addition, Justin plays in high roller events and regularly competes with the poker elite for prestigious titles.

Daniel Negreanu

After having accolades like Global Poker Index’s Player of the Decade, and WSOP Player of the Year in the last ten years, Daniel Negreanu is one of the top poker players. Canadian player is already inducted into the Hall of Fame and has won six World Series of Poker bracelets. In addition, his tournament earnings surpass $50 million, and in 2022 he is still highly successful and continuing his prowess.

Phil Ivey

Phil Ivey has won 10 World Series of Poker bracelets and, in the last decade, is consistently among the top players in poker. In addition, he became an educator aside from incredible poker play that earned him two Poker Player of the Year awards. Phil Ivey created the poker strategy MasterClass series. So far, he has earned more than $32 million from poker tournaments.

Erik Seidel

The New York poker player has been around the poker table longer than his counterparts are alive. He burst into the scene in 1988 with a second-place finish at the World Series of Poker main event. Erik has been in the Poker Hall of Fame since 2010 and has won many bracelets. One of his knockout hands was described in the famous movie Rounders. Erik Seidel still plays at a high level, and he won the Super MILLIONS WSOP Online tournamentlast year. His career poker earnings go over $37 million.

Dan Smith

Nicknamed Cowboy Dan, Dan Smith is known for high roller events and high stakes games. The New Jersey native won over $37 million in his career, and his coming-out party was at the Bellagio Super High Roller event in 2014, where he cashed out almost $2 million. His highest single tournament win came from Triton Poker Super High Roller Series in 2019, when he returned with nearly $9 million.

Stephen Chidwick

Stephen Chidwick has been close to top ranking in the last few years, and with $36 million in tournament earnings, it’s easy to see why. The British poker player had massive success in live tournaments and online play, and his biggest winnings came from the No-Limit Hold’em Triton Million for Charity event in London. He was fourth and cashed out $5.3 million.
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Emily Sanchez

Emily Sanchez

Emily Sanchez, a Fashion Journalist who graduated from New York University, brings over a decade of experience to her writing. Her articles delve into fashion trends, celebrity culture, and the fascinating world of numerology. Emily's unique perspective and deep industry knowledge make her a trusted voice in fashion journalism. Outside of her work, she enjoys photography, attending live music events, and practicing yoga for relaxation.
Elisa Mueller

Elisa Mueller

Elisa Mueller, a Kansas City native, grew up surrounded by the wonders of books and movies, inspired by her parents' passion for education and film. She earned bachelor's degrees in English and Journalism from the University of Kansas before moving to New York City, where she spent a decade at Entertainment Weekly, visiting film sets worldwide. With over 8 years in the entertainment industry, Elisa is a seasoned journalist and media analyst, holding a degree in Journalism from NYU. Her insightful critiques have been featured in prestigious publications, cementing her reputation for accuracy and depth. Outside of work, she enjoys attending film festivals, painting, writing fiction, and studying numerology.
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