WSOP World Series of Poker’s Greatest Players of the Past 50 Years (Part 2)
The WSOP World Series of Poker’s greatest player of the past 50 years, WSOP Texas Hold’em, which became popular in the early 1970s, has been around for more than 50 years. Although 99% of all poker hands historically have been played in the past 20 years, there are three main eras in modern poker.
Some old-school poker players competed in private games in the ’70s and early ’80s and helped popularize the game. Then there was the period before Chris Moneymaker’s popularity and the vision of God. Then came the post-popularization era, where everyone could easily accumulate their own competitive poker experience and offline event rewards through online software.
The WSOP editor has compiled 16 of the most influential players in the past 50 years, to break down the interesting facts about their Texas hold ’em career.
Barry Greenstein, who has the nickname “Poker Robin Hood”, is known for donating all his tournament profits to charity. Greenstein, a Chicago-based computer scientist, left the company to play poker and quickly became a high-stakes leader. The 67-year-old has more than $8.5 million in live tournament rewards, including two WPT titles and three WSOP bracelets.
Following pioneers such as Linda Johnson, Barbara Enright, Susie Issacs and Cyndy Violette, Jennifer Harman became the most powerful woman. He starred in the reality show “Sin City Rules” and the Warner Bros. movie “Lucky You”. Harman, who has had two kidney transplants, founded Organ Donation Awareness (CODA) and is a regular at charity poker tournaments, is 57 and owns two WSOP bracelets.
Former NBA qualifier Doyle Brunson, tied for second all-time with 10 WSOP bracelets, including the 1976 and 1977 Main Event. Brunson, who also holds the WPT title and is a regular at the high-stakes regular tables, has also appeared at the WSOP and HSP these days. At 88, he is the oldest living player on this list.
The most personal on the list, Daniel Cates, got into online poker at 17 and forced himself to beat the big devil at each level before moving on to the next. He was only 20 years old when he started playing the highest-stakes levels online, and has been stuck at that level ever since, making him the third-biggest online prize winner of all time. Last year, Cates, 32, with blue hair and a Dragon Ball Z costume, won his first WSOP bracelet.
German pride Fedor Holz, voted best online MTT player by Pocketfives in 2014 and 2015. As the spokesperson of GG, he won the first WSOP gold bracelet in a drop of water event. As of March 2020, Holz holds the top spot in German history with more than $32,500,000 in offline tournament rewards.
The most feared poker player of all time, Phil Ivey, has been terrorizing other players since he was a teenager and playing in Atlantic City with a fake ID. Won his first WSOP bracelet against ‘Amarillo’ Slim in 2000, then three more in 2002, and now has 10, tied for second-highest all-time. Ivey, 45, is considered the greatest regular-season player in online poker history.
Bryn Kenney took home $20.6 million in the London Triton Super High Roller. Won his first WSOP bracelet in 2014. As of August 2019, Kenney is No. 4 in GPI and No. 1 on the Hendon Mob Rewards List. Then, as of August 2020, his live tournament awards topped $55,000,000.
Jason Koon, a track and field player born with a master’s degree at Wesleyan College, Texas Hold’em is a good medicine for his injury. He quickly achieved good results online and was active on the offline High Roller Tour. The 36-year-old Koon has become one of the best players in both the short deck tournament and the regular season. And in 2021, won the first WSOP bracelet. Ranked eighth in the world with $35.2 million in offline tournament revenue.
【About WSOP World Series of Poker】
WSOP World Series of Poker ( World Series of Poker referred to as WSOP ) The WSOP World Series of Poker is the most influential poker tournament in the world. For more than 40 years, the WSOP World Series of Poker has been the most trusted event hall in Texas Hold’em . Anyone can play, anyone can have the opportunity to go straight to the tournament hall, no matter who you are, there is always a seat waiting for you. In 2020, WSOP (wsoppuke.com) will fully enter the Chinese market and jointly hold WSOP world-class poker competitions with GG Poker (gg-puke.com).