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Sometimes Winning Poker Players Are Losers

Sep 2, 2008
In golf for years Phil Michelson carried the label of best golfer never to win a major. Now that he has won perhaps Sergio Garcia carries that label today. So let's take a look at who are the best poker players never to win a big event.

Poker isn't like golf. There aren't four defined majors. So, how is a major defined in poker? For most experts the standard is a $5,000 event that has at least 100 players. So, even a WSOP bracelet isn't enough to get you off this list. Ok here's our list of the top three players never to win a major poker event.

Patrik Antonius is one player to consider for this label. He has only played tournaments for a few years, but is considered one of the best players in the world. He is playing more tournaments, so he should contend for many titles.

He had a near miss in one major event. This was the 2006 WSOP pot limit Omaha World Championship, where he finished a close 3rd. Patrik spends most of his time playing for big bucks at high stakes cash games in Las Vegas, and online.

Our number two player is Todd Brunson. Yes Todd's father is none other that Doyle "Texas Dolly" Brunson himself. Like Antonius, Todd is a cash game expert. It is said that Todd won over $13.5 million in two days of poker. It was a heads-up $50,000-$100,000 limit holdem match, which was referred to in the book The Professor, The Banker, And The Suicide King.

He has won a WSOP event, and has the bracelet to prove it. This event wasn't a big enough event to qualify as a major. If he played enough tournaments you would bet on him to get a major win, but he always seems to be playing cash games.

The number one choice for best player that has never won a major event is David "the dragon" Pham. He has won an incredible $7.6 million plus in tournament poker. He is a true tournament pro, playing a high volume of tournament poker.

He has 29 career wins to go with his 2 WSOP bracelets, and over 170 cashes. In 2007 alone he won 4 events, and over $1.8 million in cash. It seems amazing that a major tournament win has eluded him.

David has been playing a lot of big tournaments for years. This makes it even more surprising that he hasn't cracked a win in a major event. Being more of a tournament pro, it seems only a matter of time before he can claim a victory in a major poker event.

In one way it's getting easier to win a big one. As poker entry fees increase, there are more and more opportunities to win a major event. But, making it more difficult is the size of the fields in these events. Also, as the money has increased, a lot of very good players are fighting for these prizes.

With bigger fields, everyone is less likely to win. This is why you don't see the top pros winning every WSOP event. With thousands of players to get through to get a win, you are up against big odds, no matter how good you are.
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