Isaac westmenloAA Baron
Isaac Baron is widely recognized as one of the best tournament and cash game players in online poker. In 2007, Isaac was named the CardPlayer Online Player of The Year. In his poker career, Isaac Baron has pocketed more than $3,000,000 in prize money, captured 13 titles, and become one of the most well-known online poker players. The most prestigious of Isaac’s victories came in the PokerStars Sunday Million, Full Tilt $750,000 Guarantee, and PokerStars $200 Rebuy events. Although Baron has begun to focus his attentions more on cash games and live tournament action, he is still a threat to take down any tournament he enters. A recent European Poker Tour Final Table appearance netted Isaac Baron nearly $1,000,000, and solidifies his place as one of the best online or live tournament poker players.
Alex AJKHoosier1 Kamberis
With over $3,300,000 in career poker winnings, AJKHoosier1 is undeniably on the shortlist of best online poker players. Alex started playing poker in 2006 and after a solid start to his career in 2007, he exploded onto the poker scene in 2008 with just under 2.8 million dollars in tournament winnings.
In 2008, AJKHoosier1 was the CardPlayer Online Player of the Year, and has already accrued 122 cashes and 9 titles in his short career. As with many of the dominant online poker player, Alex has started branching out in live poker tournaments, and will certainly be a tough out in any live or online poker tournament he enters.
Shaun Deeb is the current leader in the CardPlayer Online Player of the Year race, and has been one of the top online poker players for the past few years. Deeb recently took down the $75,000 Guarantee and has 2nd place finishes in the PokerStars Super Tuesday and Full Tilt Poker Sunday Brawl. In his poker career, Shaun Deeb has already accumulated more than 2,000,000 in tournament winnings, 20 poker titles, and an amazing 120 cashes. Deeb is not only extremely talented, but is known as a poker grinder, reportedly playing 30 tournaments a day on average.
Annette Obrestad has already etched her name into poker history with a victory at 2007 World Series of Poker Europe Main Event. The fact that Annette_15 is still not old enough to enter live poker tournaments in the United States, makes her $3,400,000 in career poker tournament winnings even more impressive. Annette Obrestad has also famously won a 180 person sit n go while only peaking at her cards once. Among the other legendary tales of Annette_15, is that she has turned money won from freerolls into millions of dollars without ever making a deposit with an online poker site. Annette_15 has not repeated her earlier tournament dominance in the past two year, but the legend will undoubtedly continue to grow.
Kevin BeL0WaB0Ve Saul
Kevin BeL0WaB0Ve Saul is known as one of the most dominant forces in early online poker tournaments. Kevin Saul parlayed his early online success into a $1,3000,000 payout at the 2007 Bellagio Cup and a WPT title. BeL0WaB0Ve and a small group of tournament players began playing hyper-aggressively and dominating the online poker tournament circuit a couple years ago. The rest of the online tournament fields were forced to change their style of play, and the end-result is that tournament players utilize more 3 and 4bet bluffs and have loosened up their raising and calling ranges significantly. BeL0WaB0Ve helped to move tournament poker to the next level, and usually busts early or contends for the title. Kevin Saul’s dominance at online poker may be disappearing, but figures to be a force on the live tournament poker scene.
Jon PearlJammer Turner
After a humble beginning to his career in 2005 and 2006, Jon PearlJammer Turner has turned into one of the best live and online tournament poker players. PearlJammer has over $2,000,000 in career poker winnings, and is currently ranked highly in both the live and online Player of The Year Leaderboards. Jon impressed the folks at Full Tilt Poker enough to receive a sponsorship deal and is listed in red on the website as Full Tilt Professional. In addition to his 9 career victories, PearlJammer has 138 cashes, including two final tables at 2009 World Series of Poker. Jon is a well-rounded player and excels in mixed games as well as No-Limit Hold’em. PearlJammer could be a dual threat for years to come with the chance at winning the Player of the Year and Online Player of the Year awards. In 2008, PearlJammer and fellow online studs Eric Rizen Lynch and Jon Apestyles Van Fleet released Winning Poker Tournaments One Hand at a Time, Volume I, a book on online tournament strategy.
Steve Gboro780 Gross
Gboro780 is currently the 2nd ranked player in the 2009 CardPlayer Online Player of the Year Race. Gboro780 has quickly ascended to the top of online poker world and has nearly $2,000,000 in career poker tournament winnings to his name. The bulk of Steve Gross’s money has been won in 2008 and 2009, with nearly 1 million dollars earned each year. There have been a lot of player in the past five years that have been shooting stars and then moved onto great fame and fortune in live tournaments or fizzled out completely, but Gboro780 has consistently been one of the best online poker players the past couple years. Gboro780 has 16 wins to his name and an astounding 124 career cashes to date. The sky is the limit for this player, and there might just be an online player of the year award in his future.
Adam Roothlus Levy
Roothlus gained poker popularity at the 2008 World Series of Poker with his deep finish in the Main Event and his interactions with the Poker Brat Phil Hellmuth. Adam has nearly $2,000,000 in poker winnings including 112 cashes and 4 titles to date. Roothlus has pulled of some of the most impressive feats in online poker tournament history with 2 final tables in a 5 week period of time and the PokerStars Sunday Millions. The size of the Sunday Millions regularly breaks 5,000 entrants and the only tournament comparable in size is the WSOP Main Event, and Roothlus has routinely cashed and final tabled some of the biggest tournaments.
Cliff JohnnyBax Joseph
One of the best known online poker players ever is JohnnyBax. Early in JohnnyBax’s career, he was considered one of if not the best poker players in online poker tournaments. Josephy started his online career in 2004 and has routinely been ranked atop the online player of the year rankings. Although his attentions have turned to his own poker training site, PokerXFactor, JohnnyBax’s 2005 World Series of Poker bracelet, $2,700,000 in career winnings, and legendary status as one online pokers original stars will continue to have him rank as one of the legends of the online game.
Darrell Gigabet Dicken
Gigabet is arguably the best known online poker player ever. Gigabet began his online career dominating the online tournament fields, before turning his attentions to live poker tournaments. Deep runs in World Series of Poker and World Poker Tour Events in the past couple years confirmed that his abilities are easily adaptable to live poker as well. Gigabet has won 4 titles, including a WSOP Circuit Event victory and WPT Championship. Between 2005 and 2007, Gigabet dominated the online poker scene, but the past couple years has significantly cut back on his tournament participation and is no longer a threat to win Online Player of the Year awards. Gigabet is still a legend in the online poker community, but should be a live threat in any tournament he participates in.