Though the poker boom happened in the early to mid-2000s, despite what some may think, everyone’s favorite card game is still going strong. Nowadays, the online player pool may not be doubling in size every year, like it once did, but you can still play at GGPoker or other platforms for real money.
Online tournaments and real cash games are still a thing, as markets around the world are opening up.
Let us look at those that carried the torch in the public eye in the last decade and who kept the word poker on the end of people’s tongues in the 2010s.
Card enthusiasts are likely not too happy that gun-toting Dan is the face most-associated with poker, but that’s the reality of things. No one can deny that Bilzerian had a major impact ever since he appeared on the scene in 2009.
In 2010, Bluff magazine named him one of the funniest players, but four years later, it was Dan who was laughing all the way to the bank as he won $50 million. Though, perhaps more famous for flaunting his bachelor lifestyle to his millions of followers, it’s hard to argue his contribution to poker’s popularity.
In 2014, Negreanu got the title – The Best Player of the Decade, by Global Poker Index. Now, six years later, though his name value has declined, he remains a force to be reckoned with and a fierce player.
Daniel’s popularity had seen its height in the mid-2000s, where it seemed like he was everywhere. Anything that featured poker also had Negreanu’s face plastered over it, from online poker sites to TV shows and video games. Today, he keeps his name live via participation in charity tournaments, challenges, and his philanthropy work.
Living in a skyscraper penthouse in Las Vegas, with several wives, Justin’s lifestyle choices draw an equal amount of attention as his poker playing ability. That is saying a lot, as he has taken home $50 million in his career, ranking as the second-highest-earning live tournament player ever,
Bonomo was the youngest player to be featured at a televised final table, at the age of 19, and as of 2020, he has three WSOP bracelets.
Though not the most famous Fedor in the world, that title goes to the MMA legend, Fedor Emelianenko, Holz’s rise to stardom was one of the swiftest the community has ever seen.
In 2011, at the age of 18, Holz turned to online poker, playing under the nickname CrownUpGuy and racking up only a few hundred dollars per month. However, in time, he got better, and two years later, he began touring the live circuit. In 2016 he hit the high-roller tables and earned millions.
A Boston University drop-out, Dawn was the primary representative of the new generation of players. He kicked off his online journey focusing on sit-and-go tournaments but later on made the switch to multiplayer cash games. In 2007, he put things into high gear as he began earning the big bucks.
Just as he hit $3.4 million in tournament winnings, his online career came to an abrupt end, coinciding with Black Friday. Today, he is no longer in the public eye, but his burst of fame made waves.