Why Daniel Negreanu thinks Phil Ivey is the best poker player in the world


Six-time World Series of Poker bracelet winner Daniel Negreanu has seen everything and everyone at live tables — before the COVID-19 pandemic hit — during the course of his career.

NBC Sports Chicago recently caught up with "Kid Poker", who was promoting the streaming service PokerGO®, and asked who he thought the best poker player in the world was.

"So for me, it's always going to be Phil Ivey until otherwise stated," Negreanu said over the phone. "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 has 10 WSOP bracelets and 59 cashes to his poker portfolio, which earned him $6,261,200.

PokerGO® is showing classic moments from the World Series of Poker every night at 7 p.m. ET. 

Contact Us