Daniel Negreanu tips his hat to a poker player who has shown great talent in a variety of games
Throughout his poker career, six-time World Series of Poker (WSOP) bracelet winner Daniel Negreanu has seen all kinds of players and styles. Therefore, he feels confident enough to issue an opinion on who he considers to be the best poker player in the world. During a recent interview that NBC Sports Chicago had with Kid Poker while he was promoting the PokerGO streaming service, DNegs weighed in who he believes is the all-time poker GOAT.
“So for me, it’s always going to be Phil Ivey until otherwise stated,” Negreanu said during the phone interview. “When you say ‘poker,’ I think of all poker games. I think of Stud, Omaha, Triple Draw, Short Deck, everything… and Phil Ivey plays them all. There are certainly going to be some players who play just No Limit Hold’em, the most famous game, better than Phil Ivey right now because people have worked really hard on it. But as far as I’m concerned, Phil Ivey is the goat.”
Ivey is certainly worthy of that title.
Across his poker career, he has accumulated ten WSOP bracelets and 59 cashes from live tournaments for total earnings of $6,261,200. Some people even call him the “Tiger Woods of Poker.” Ivey was officially selected to be part of the Poker Hall of Fame back in 2017 and other experts in the poker community, besides Negreanu, have also pegged Ivey as the best all-around player in the world. Unfortunately, Ivey is still dealing with the edge-sorting scandal that led the Borgata Casino in Atlantic City to take him to court. So, he has not been a frequent visitor to US-based poker events probably to avoid the risk of getting his funds seized like it happened before. Fortunately, though, he recently settled his long-running dispute with the casino.