The Top 5 Poker Players To Watch In 2021

Keep An Eye On These Top 5 Poker Players

While there are plenty of up-and-coming newcomers to the poker scene, the five poker players below are the ones to watch as they continue on with their illustrious careers, as each of them will undoubtably be adding more accolades to their names this coming year. From household names such as Daniel Negreanu to female poker legend Annie Duke, it’s time to reveal who are the top poker players around the world.

Phil ‘Tiger Woods’ Ivey

With a long, illustrious, and slightly sordid past with poker, Phil Ivey shocked many when he announced his return to the game late last year. With the nickname of ‘the Tiger Woods of Poker’, he has definitely got the skills required to live up to the golfing namesake. He had a brief edge-sorting scandal around his head a few years ago, which saw him sit out of the game for a long while, but his return to debut his skills in some high stakes poker games this year will all but guarantee him a spot on any list in the future.

Annie Duke, ‘Duchess of Poker’

Apart from being a business founder and an author, Annie Duke is also a high stakes poker player that has a remarkably impressive tournament record. Annie has won several games over the years including the 2004 WSOP Tournament of Champions, the 2010 National Heads-Up poker championship and has also been the main female money player during the Poker World Series for several years. Annie has recently co-founded the Epic Poker League as well as co-created the Global Poker Index, and with an eye for the cards, she’s definitely one to keep watching in 2021.

Daniel Negreanu, ‘Kidpoker’

After bursting onto the scene and being inducted into the Poker Hall of Fame in 2014, Daniel Negreanu has an enviable six WSOP bracelets and two World Poker Tournaments championships behind his name. He is also presently considered to be the biggest live tournament poker winner of all time. Not only does he now teach poker on MasterClass, he has shown no sign of slowing down despite the current world climate, and is definitely a name you should definitely familiarise yourself with this year, and when you’re done, lucky creek for more fun.

Vanessa Selbst

After a failed bluff during the Main Event of the World Series of Poker in 2018, Vanessa Selbst became a household name for all the wrong reasons. Nowadays, she has made headlines for having been the only woman to have ever made it to the number one spot on the Global Poker Index, and has won three SWOP bracelets, has back-to-back scores on the North American Poker Tour, and has won the high-roller PokerStars Caribbea Adventure, collecting a sum of $1.4 million.

Patrick Antonious, ‘Fake Love888’

A Finnish player with an impressive past, Patrick Antonious is one of the most successful online high-stakes poker players around, and has claimed the biggest pot in online poker history back in 2009. While keeping a low profile, Patrick has also joined several live poker tournaments and it seems as though 2021 may be his year to come back onto the scene in a big way.