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Agreed. Moneymaker makes the list because he was the first "nobody" to win the big game.Quote: PokerGrinder
I don’t know about most influential but the most important and there is no argument here is Chris Moneymaker. He changed poker by winning as a nobody, now all the “nobodies” think they have a chance.
Was there a person or player responsible for today's domination by Hold 'Em over draw or stud poker variants?
I nominate Jaime Gold.
Hopefully not a member here, lol.
And possibly the best of all time
Jack Binion (is this cheating?)
Johnny Moss (a stretch on my part, but such a legend)
It was kind of a perfect storm of ESPN going with televised poker and a recreational player, who had a bit of charisma and a name headline writers dream of.
I don't know that any other player really matters. Substitute Greg Raymer with any other average family guy, and it's the same. Nobody even knows who the winners are now.
During the poker boom, the famous players helped promote the game. But really, they were mostly interchangeable. I guess Helmuth, but he's really just famous for being a POS. And, the fact that they let him go almost to the point of cheating, probably detracts from the game.
I remember during the boom, a lot of guys thought it was cool to act like Phil. That sucked, but I guess it was an influence.
If a woman ever wins it (lol), she'll immediately become number 2 behind Moneymaker.
Phil Helmuth (most WSOP bracelets)
Daniel Negreaneu (never won the main event)
*Honestly, the person who deserves mention is the technical guy that came up with the way for the TV audience to peek at everybody's hole cards. That opened up poker to a TV audience and made it dramatic and comprehensible . The first year that was done was 2005 - the year that Chris Moneymaker won, and IMO this innovation was far more responsible than Moneymaker for the explosion of interest in poker.
Moneymaker was previously mentioned, Brunson wrote the book and Negreanu is a great player and better communicator. I could understand how they could be "influential". Chan, despite winning the big game back to back, hasn't really been in the media as the others. I'm not sure about him as top four. What about Johnny Moss, Phil Hellmuth, Mike Sexton or Vince Van Patten?