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Who is the Best?

Measuring tournament performance

by Steve Zolotow |  Published: Apr 29, 2011

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I am frequently asked who I think is the best tournament player, but no one ever really says what he means by “the best.” No matter what is meant, I feel safe in answering, Phil Ivey. He is certainly the best all-around player right now; he plays all variations. He can win in both tournaments and cash games, and he wins both live and online. But how do you measure who is the best live-tournament player? Most lists rank players by the amount of money “won.” The reason that I use “won” and not won is that they really sum up the total returned to a player over all of the tournaments that he has played. Recently, my good friend Erik Seidel pulled ahead of Phil Ivey and Daniel Negreanu to become the leading tournament money winner. The three of them are clearly among the best tournament players in the ...


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