Jeff Lisandro Sole Aussie on WSOP’s 50 Greatest Poker Players List

As some of you know, this year marks the 50th anniversary of the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas. WSOP officials decided to honour the history of the poker series as part of the festivities, and have now released a list of the “50 Greatest Poker Players in History.”

The list was subsequently released on Friday and one of the names familiar to Aussie poker fans is six-time WSOP bracelet winner Jeff Lisandro. He joins a historic list of players that include the best of the modern era of poker.

Most of the Greatest Names in Poker Included in List

As you might expect, a list such as this is going to include many top names from the modern era of poker, along with the greatest players from the history of the game.

Below is the full list of players in alphabetical order

Patrik Antonius

Bobby Baldwin

Billy Baxter

Chris Bjorin

Justin Bonomo

Doyle Brunson

Joe Cada

Johnny Chan

Stephen Chidwick

TJ Cloutier

Allen Cunningham

Shaun Deeb

Tom Dwan

Eli Elezra

Antonio Esfandiari

Chris Ferguson

Ted Forrest

Phil Galfond

Barry Greenstein

Gus Hansen

Jennifer Harman

Dan Harrington

Isaac Haxton

Phil Hellmuth

John Hennigan

Fedor Holz

Phil Ivey

Berry Johnston

John Juanda

Bryn Kenney

Jeff Lisandro

Adrian Mateos

Jason Mercier

Michael Mizrachi

Chris Moorman

Carlos Mortensen

Johnny Moss

Daniel Negreanu

Scott Nguyen

Dominik Nitsche

Steve O’Dwyer

Puggy Pearson

Amarillo Slim Preston

Brian Rast

Chip Reese

Huck Seed

Erik Seidel

Vanessa Selbst

Dewey Tomko

Stu Ungar

This list was comprised of a vote from a panel of 26 members of the poker media and the poker industry as a whole. Panel members were originally given a list of 200 players and were allowed to write-in any players they felt should be included.

List Stirs Controversy Due to Omissions

Not surprisingly, a list such as this is going to have its share of detractors. After the list’s release, poker fans pointed out several players whom they consider heads scratchers, including Steve O’Dwyer and Joe Cada.

Meanwhile, there were others that pointed out notable omissions, such as David “DevilFish” Ulliot, David Peters, Robert Mizrachi, Scott Seiver, and others. If we were to point out omissions, however, we would focus exclusively on the lack of female representation on the list.

Only Vanessa Selbst and Jennifer Harman were on this list, with names like Barbara Enright, Nani Dollison, and others overlooked. With the industry trying to focus on the inclusion of women, it seems that those voting on this list overlooked that point.

Jeff Lisandro Lone Aussie on List

The only Australian player to make this list was six-time WSOP bracelet winner Jeff Lisandro. Lisandro was originally known for his explosive confrontation with Prahlad Friedman during the 2006 WSOP Main Event but started winning WSOP bracelets in 2007.

His first bracelet win was the $1,500 Stud Event in 2007. In 2009, he went on an epic run, winning three WSOP bracelets in a single series. He won the $1,500 Stud Event, the $10k Stud Hi-Low World Championship, and the $2,500 Razz Event to bring his bracelet total to four.

That year, Lisandro also completed the Stud Triple Crown at the WSOP. The Stud Triple Crown is when a player wins a bracelet in all three Seven Card Stud disciplines. Lisandro was only the fifth player in WSOP history to complete the feat, joining the likes of Doyle Brunson and Gary “Bones” Borland.

For his career, Lisandro has won $5.66 million in live poker tournaments. He currently ranks third on the Australia All-Time Money List and is 193rd on Poker’s All-Time Money List. Lisandro is always a threat to go deep in mixed events, especially Stud events at the World Series of Poker.