Cast your mind back. For many people, 2021 was at the very least a mixed bag of a year. But for some people, it was incredible. Today we’re all about the highlights as we discuss the best poker players in 2021.
Nadya Magnus should serve as a constant reminder to us all that women can play up a storm on the felt. Magnus is the top ranking female player for 2021 on the Global Poker Index and has racked up several considerable cashes during her time on the tournament circuit in the States this year.
Competitors of all genders were quaking in their boots when Magnus bossed it at the World Poker Tour’s Lucky Hearts Poker Open. Her biggest cash of 2021 saw her take home just under $100,000 in a single event.
Pedro Vinícius Garagnani aka pvigar
It will come as no great shock to readers that we absolutely love a good story about an online poker player making a splash. And in 2021, we’ve got to give a big shout out to pvigar or, as his mother calls him, Pedro Vinícius Garagnani.
Hailing from Brazil, 2021 was truly his year. He was arguably the most important online player in 2021, dominant at the highest stakes tables on the interwebs. Out of his 10 top cashes online of all time, 8 of them took place in 2021. And seven of those were six figure wins. His biggest one was a cool $454,196 win in April.
No one can dispute that Josh Arieh played an absolute blinder at the WSOP 2021. He won Player of the Year after putting in a stunning performance that saw him win two bracelets.
He’s not known as a sweet talker, but equally hot headed Phil Hellmuth must be particularly sore about this near miss. Hellmuth came in second in the running for Player of the Year, in a WSOP that saw him create a new record for most final tables in one WSOP.
Another one of the undisputed best poker players in 2021 is Almedin Imsirovic. During this year alone, he scooped three paydays worth over $500,000 a pop. In fact one of them, a World Poker Tour Rock ‘N’ Roll Poker Open event, earned him $695,355.
Sami Kelopuro aka LarsLuzak
This Finnish poker supernova has swept through the high roller tables online in 2021 and come up with the goods big time.
Known on the felt as LarsLuzak, Sami Kelopuro has bagged 11 six figure wins in 2021 alone. His top win this year was for a cool $720,833 during a two-day event.
Kelopuro is a true poker veteran and his 2021 continues the solid foundations he’s laid for himself in the world of online poker. And his great streak during 2021 adds nicely to his handsome total all-time cashes of $22 million.
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