Experience always counts when playing poker, especially nowadays when younger players seem to dominate the online poker rooms. Playing poker online made it possible for younger players to learn a lot about poker in a very short period of time, allowing them to effectively dominate the poker scene. But this is only a relatively recent development and there are still senior professional poker players who are masters of their craft. Here is a list of 5 senior professional poker players who leave a mark whenever they join a tournament.
Professional poker player – Doyle Brunson
Doyle F. Brunson was born back in 1933 and has been a professional poker player for over 50 years. He won the World Series of Poker or WSOP twice and was introduced into the Poker Hall of Fame before writing several training books on the game.
Brunson’s prowess in poker is unmatched even today, be it tournament or cash game he always seems to end up in the first three places even though he’s one of the oldest professional poker players. Given the fact that the world of poker is constantly changing and new champions pop up every year, Brunson’s career as a professional poker player is definitely impressive.
Professional poker player – Chris Ferguson
Chris Ferguson aka “Jesus” is one of the world’s oldest professional poker players, even though he is younger than Doyle Brunson. The 53 year old Chris Ferguson won a total of five World Series of Poker tournaments including the ones held in 2008 and 2000. Chris Ferguson began playing poker when he was just 10 years old and during his lengthy college stay at UCLA he perfected his game. His specialization is in computer science and network algorithms, earning a PhD back in 1999. He entered his first WSOP back in 1995 but it was only in 2000 when he won his biggest prize of 1.5 million dollars. As of now, his earnings from live tournaments exceed 8 million dollars. Ferguson plays a highly mathematical game, using game theory and computer simulations in order to improve his odds – it seems his technique paid out handsomely.
Professional poker player – Scotty Nguyen
Scotty Nguyen also made it onto our list of old school professional poker players. The 54 year old Vietnamese-born is somewhat of a legend for his poker skills but also for his emotional gameplay and erratic lifestyle. He’s best known for his tournament results which made him one of the biggest names in poker.
Scotty started playing poker shortly after arriving in to the US, which created a lot of issues for the 14 year old. By 21 he was already working as a full time dealer and got his first big break by turning his meagre bankroll of 7000 USD into a cool million while playing in Las Vegas. As of 2014 his total poker tournament earnings amounted to over 12 million dollars.
Professional poker player – Dan Harrington
Dan Harrington is a 70 year old professional poker player, best known for his books, “Harrington on Hold’em” and for the fact that he won the 1995 World Series of Poker championship. He went on to earn two more WSOP bracelets and a spot in the Poker Hall of Fame. Dan is an old school poker player with a very low profile and a conservative game style. Unlike the other names on our list, Dan considers himself only a part time professional poker player, since his businesses take much of his time and interest.
As of now, his tournament winnings exceed 7 million dollars, making him an old school poker icon.
Professional poker player – Jennifer Harman
Jennifer Harman is both loved by fans and respected by opponents in WSOP. She prefers cash games but would often join tournaments as well, winning two WSOP bracelets – she’s one of the three women to do so.
As of now her tournament earnings totalled around 3 million dollars, making her one of the few women with an impressive poker career. Her charity work is also worth mentioning as she often participates in fundraising tournaments.