Determining who the best Texas Hold’em players in the world are is challenging. It is largely subjective and the people who make my list may not make yours. Sure, there are some players that are amongst the best and will likely make most knowledgeable poker fans list. However, it is difficult to give a definitive answer. Even with that being said, I am going to give it a shot. Below, though not an exhaustive list, is who I think are among the best Texas Hold’em players today.
a. Phil Hellmuth: Phil Hellmuth is one of the world’s best Texas Hold’em poker players. He has won an impressive and astounding 11 WSOP titles, his last being in 2007. He has cashed in more than anyone else at WSOP events (68). He has also made it to the most final tables with 40 appearances. Over this time, he has amassed a decent sized fortune and is one of the wealthier players in the game. Hellmuth also holds the distinction of being the youngest person to take home a WSOP Main Event Championship bracelet at the young age of 24. To obtain that honor, he had to best Johnny Chan who was the defending champion.
b. Doyle Brunson: Doyle Brunson is one of the most notable Texas Hold’em players today. He has been playing the game for a very long time and is considered one of its most respected elders. He has won 10 WSOP bracelets.
Many aspiring poker professionals and those who simply enjoy the game may have read his books on his Super System. Doyle Brunson is truly a Texas Hold’ em legend. Brunson has a very popular web site called Doyle’s Room. It is one of more well-known poker rooms online and players are likely to find lots of good games and poker related information (i.e., online classes, tips and videos).
c. Mike Matusow: Mike Matusow began competing in top-level Texas Hold’em tournaments about 10 years ago, in 1997 when he entered a WSOP event. It was his first ever and he immediately made a huge splash finishing in second place in Omaha 8/better. Scotty Nguyen would take home the title. However, Mike would obtain his own WSOP bracelet just two years later in 1999 when he participated in a $3500 buy-in No Limit Hold’em tournament. In the early part of 2000 he would make the final table at a WSOP event where he would finish sixth. In 2002 he took home his second WSOP bracelets when he participated in the Omaha eight/better tournament.
Though Mike Matusow was very successful on the felt during this time, he was having problems off of it and ended up doing a six-month stint in the Clark County jail. However, he would make a comeback and in a big way. In 2005, he reached the WSOP final event table again. He finished in 9th place and took home $1 million. Mike continues to be of one of the best players in the game. His opponents know that they will have to bring their best game in order to beat him.
d. Carlos Moretensen: Carlos Moretensen has been making big money playing Texas Hold’em since the early part of the decade. In 2001 he took home $1.5 million in the World Series tournament. He also won another million dollars in Doyle Brunson’s North American Poker Championship WPT event in 2004. In 2007, he was the winner of the WP T championship and won nearly $4 million. Currently he is pro player for Full Tilt Poker.