Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Top Ten Poker Players

As I was in the process of winning a $20 Sit and Go on Full Tilt tonight, I thought that this might be an appropriate Top Ten this week. If you're not into poker, then feel free to sit this one out. If you do like/love or can't stop playing then let me know who I missed:

10. Tom Dwan - I didn't know who this guy was a week ago. However, as I was catching up on some High Stakes Poker on Game Show Network, I saw him win a $919,600 pot against legend Barry Greenstein. I wondered "Who the hell is this guy?" I looked up him on Wikipedia and found that he's 23 years old, made $5.5 million last year on Full Tilt, and cashed twice on World Series of Poker events. I'm not sure if this is legit, but supposedly he bought in with $50 initially, never went broke, and built his riches from that. Now that is savage!

9. Antonio Esfandiari - Known as "the Magician," I really like Antonio's poker game. He makes excellent decisions in the cluth and is fairly entertaining inbetween hands. He's also good for a "Nuts" segment on ESPN where he does magic tricks with cards and chips. His biggest drawback is that he looks like a greaseball, but he seems like a nice enough guy.

8. Phil Laak - Esfandiari's buddy, Laak is known as "the Unabomber" because he always wears a hooded sweatshirt and sunglasses. His play is erratic and he's generally a goofball- though that plays to his advantage at the poker table. He also met Jennifer Tilly while playing poker and the two of them have been together for many years. Side note: I can't tell if she's hot- any thoughts?

7. Joe Hachem - I didn't like him at the time he won the World Series of Poker Main Event, but after watching him play after, he might be the most solid player out of the ones that have won the Main Event in the "TV Era" of Poker (2003 and after). While his Australian cohorts are pretty annoying, I very much enjoy watching this guy deduce what other players have- most times he's right.

6. Chris "Jesus" Ferguson - No way I can leave a guy with the nickname of "Jesus" off the list. His stoic pose during hands is his signature (along with his cowboy hat and sunglasses.) I doubt people are able to tell if he just left the seafood buffet at the Rio or if his dog just passed away. He always takes the same amount of time with every move. He tests opponents' patience as well as concentration. Oh, and he also throws cards through fruit! What a talent!

Looks like I might play one more round on Full Tilt before going to bed- results and the rest of the Top Ten manana...

9 comments:

Rae said...

i feel this 'hobby' of yours is becoming more of an obsession...

Tony B. said...

Becoming?

I used to go to Cache Creek at least once a month to play cards. It's less of an obsession these days and more of a hobby.

GMoney said...

Ugh, I don't like any of these guys. Especially Laak...that guy sucks and I'm pretty sure he hasn't showered in over a year.

If Greg Raymer makes your top 5, this will be the last week that I ever stop by here again.

Tony B. said...

Raymer won't sniff the Top 5.

Do you like any poker players in general? You can hate on these guys but who is better? And if you say Mike Matusow I'll be disappointed in you.

GMoney said...

Some times I find The Mouth entertaining.

My favorite guy, who I have not seen on TV in like 5 years, is Paul "The Truth" Darden.

Tony B. said...

I forgot that Darden existed (because of his lack of TV time) but I like that guy. How do you get a nickname like "the Truth"- especially in poker?

Robert S. Simmons said...

Good post but what about Doyle Brunson? I mean, i know his old and not really 'the man of the hour' but his a very respectable poker player and his poker guide books are just great, I don't thing that enough young internet poker players know about him.

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