The Top 5 Poker Troublemakers

We celebrate the players who are never out of trouble, whether it is making enemies at the poker tables, starting a feud on twitter, or calling people out on their blogs. You want to stay on the good side of these poker players.

This week, Daniel Negreanu released yet another entertaining video blog where he called out the bosses at Full Tilt Poker. In celebration of this, we profile some of the guys who make poker interesting by rarely staying out of trouble. Whether it is trash talking at the table, or public feuds in the media, these players are not afraid to speak their minds.

5. Mike Matusow

When your nickname is "The Mouth", you are always going to make it into a list like this. Mike just cannot keep his thoughts to himself and has been caught feuding both at the table and away from it. At the tables, Phil Hellmuth, Greg Raymer and most notably Shahram Sheikkan have felt his wrath. Away from the tables, he has taken shots at the likes of Phil Ivey and even his own brother Scott.

4. Luke Schwartz

In 2009 a new screen name appeared at the high stakes tables on Full Tilt Poker that really got the railbirds talking. "_FullFlush1_" was getting all the chips at the time, but what really caused a stir was how relentless he was in the chat box. His rants against players like durrrr, Jason Rosenkrantz, and the Dang brothers got his chat privileges taken away from him, but it was not long before he became a high profile figure on the TV circuit, and we learned he was not afraid to speak his mind in person either.

3. Phil Hellmuth

He may be the most decorated player in WSOP history, but it his manner at the tables that really defines Phil Hellmuth. They call him the Poker Brat because he is constantly blowing up and feuding with anybody that dares play against him. The angrier he gets, the more we love it.

2. Tony G

Another player whose reputation for trash talking seems to overshadow his achievements at the table. His angry tirades in WPT Paris and against Ralph Perry put Tony G on the map, but the reason he edges into the second spot past Hellmuth (who he regularly takes shots at) is because Tony also starts feuds away from the table. Recently, Tony has been seen calling out Howard Lederer, and stirring up lots of trouble on his twitter account.

1. Daniel Negreanu

He is the perfect gent at the tables, but away from them Daniel Negreanu does not keep a tight lip for long. Kid Poker has used his fan favourite status to set himself up as a Robin Hood of poker, and calling out anyone he thinks is hurting the game.

He is always voicing his opinion on other players and doesn't pull punches - he even boycotted the EPT once, despite it being the tour of his sponsor, PokerStars. But he is perhaps best known for his feuds with the Lederer family. He has called out companies associated with them: Ultimate Bet, the Epic Poker League, and Full Tilt Poker. Also, he has fallen out with them personally - his long-running feud with Annie Duke possibly being the biggest rivalry in poker.

Right now, he is winning even more fans with his weekly Vlog rants - and he promises next week's will be EPIC.

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  • Alficor1


    Negreanu is a massive douche imo
  • staktas


    Wait? What? You're saying that Negreanu are worse than Tony just because of these two vlogs? ... They are damned poker players. If someone is a good doctor, who cares what he talks about others, if he's not doing while operating, while saving lives. Guys like Tony are not poker players, they're freaking morons. I swear, if some point in my life, I'll meet him somewhere in Lithuanian streets, I'll punch him so hard, that he will forget what poker is...
  • staktas


    Can't find who wrote this article, to him: just because you don't like opinion of someone, that's not a reason to put them in first place of such lists.
  • Th0m4sBC


    @2 just stretch him on a wheel and roll him down the street. ;-)
  • BarryCarter


    #3 I wrote the list

    I didn't mean 'troublemaker' in a negative context - far from it - I love Neagreanu, hellmuth, tony g etc, because they do shake things up and rattle a few cages
  • Castle93


    Luke is such a legend on tv :P he made that party poker league
  • Alficor1


    #6 i agree, thanks to him, PH, de Wolfe, Tony and JC Tran is that PL the best poker show ever imo.
  • faronel



    I see that by "troublemaker" you mean poker players who make game more vivid for watch for railbirds, since they act out at and outside a poker table, during and after a hand. Maybe, a more neutral wording, like "attitude" would have fit better? :)
  • Heitzenizer


    Haha, love Negreanu. When he popped up in his robe I started laughing.
  • sirilidion


    I really like all these guys. They realy bring alot of entertainment to these shows.
  • BarryCarter



    Yes I am seeing it is a slight language barrier thing. In the UK, if you used 'attitude' it would probably come across worse, as we tend to use 'attitude' in the context of having a bad one.

    However, a lot of people take 'troublemaker' to mean 'criminal' or 'scumbag' - which was certainly not my aim here. 'Troublemaker' by no means bad guy in the UK.

    at least we got to clear it up in the comments box
  • mihaiee


    Negreanu is absolutley right and i am proud he is of romanian origin like myself
  • mihaiee


    i we lost 1.5 k to those scumbags and im considering of buying a bat :)
  • mihaiee


    pls change the word Troublemakers it dose so much injustice for Negreanu
  • ilovemagic


    interesting read/view. ty :)
  • Elcarita


    Jamie Gold should be in the #4