Fans of poker probably enjoy watching the World Series of Poker because of thrill of the high stakes. But we also enjoy watching the WSOP because we like to follow along some of our favorite poker players. We live vicariously through their successes and suffer along with their bad beats. Now, to give you a closer look at a few of the world's best poker players right now, here are our 30-second introductions of Jonathan Duhamel, Jason Mercier and Phil Ivey:
Jonathan Duhamel for example is the first Canadian to earn a bracelet from the Main Event. He did so by defeating John Racener in 2010. He walked away with just under $9 million in prize earnings -- but he donated $100,000 of it to a Montreal charity.
Jason Mercier holds two of the coveted bracelets awarded to the winners. He gained his first one in 2009. His second came from the $5,000 Pot Limit Omaha Six-Handed event in 2011 along with a cash prize of over six hundred thousand dollars.
Many people regard Phil Ivey as the best all-around player in the world today because of the diverse range of games he has won. He currently holds eight of the World Series of Poker bracelets. Total tournament earnings he has won exceed $16 million.