The task was grueling, the criteria strict - because let's face it, there's more to being hot than just a nice butt in jeans (which we rarely get to see as the players are seated the majority of the time). To make the Top Ten Hot List in the poker world a player has to have charisma, a unique style, class, and a presence that makes everyone sit up and take note. So without further ado, bring on the boys of summer.
10. Greg Mueller
This Vancouver, B.C., born pro has lots going for him: he's in shape (a retired hockey player), he's tall (at least 6'5"), he's got a fantastic smile (Colgate Total with whitening) and he's one sharp poker player (four cashes and a final table at last year's WSOP). When not on the tournament circuit, Mueller stays in shape by playing a variety of sports. How's that for a catch?
Only 25 years old, Michael Mizrachi has already passed the $5 million mark in earnings. If that doesn't make him hot enough, Mizrachi is uncompromising in his aggressive play which has garnered him much success in tournaments such as the Gold Strike World Poker Open (he came in second) and the Borgata Winter Poker Open (he won the event and collected $1,173,373). He also has a nice set of pouty lips.
2. Phil Hellmuth Jr.
Affectionately known as "The Poker Brat," Phil Hellmuth Jr. no longer wants the reputation that goes along with the nickname. Known as the "John McEnroe" of poker, Hellmuth has managed to keep his notorious temper at bay in exchange for cheering on opponents and congratulating them. The youngest player to have ever won the Main Event at the WSOP (1989 - he was just 24), Hellmuth has been an example of courtesy and congeniality at this year's tournament which is truly inspiring, if not bewildering.
Maybe it's the fact that he's referred to as the Son of God (his nickname is "Jesus") or perhaps it's those long, auburn locks, or maybe it's those intense, smoldering eyes. Whatever the case, there's something to be said for a man who looks like he just stepped out of a John Wayne movie. Nothing is hotter than a throwback to the old days when people were shot over a bad beat (Wild Bill Hickok was shot in 1876 for winning with A-8, hence the term "Dead Man's Hand").
Ferguson would probably have nothing to worry about in such a situation. If his aim is as deadly as his card playing, he'd get first shot hands-down. Or, he'd simply use his brooding manner to calmly diffuse the situation, then distract his opponent with his ability to slice fruit using a playing card. Now that's hot.