Twitter gains traction among poker professionals


Poker players go to great lengths to prevent others from catching a glimpse at their thoughts and intentions when they sit down at the poker table. On the other hand, they are more voluble and don’t mind sharing every single detail of their lives with fans and followers. Twitter is just one of the instruments they use to stay in touch with their increasingly large fan base and some players spend a lot of time tweeting.

One reason for why poker pros prefer the Twitterverse for spreading their news is that tweets are the fastest way of disseminating information. Despite their busy schedules, they find the time for tweeting and each player has his or her own idea about what kind of info is worth sharing with fans. When it comes to measuring success on Twitter, the number of followers is perhaps the most accurate indicator.

The more people follow your tweets, the more popular you are over Twitter and the record holder among poker professionals is Joe Sebok. He might lack the glamour of Doyle Brunson, the friendly demeanour of Daniel Negreanu or the irresistible attraction of some female poker pros, but he dominates these standings. He is the only one to have more than one million followers, almost three times more than Doyle Brunson who comes in second with 383.000.

One question that comes naturally is what made Joe so popular over Twitter and what gave him this crushing lead over these famous players. For starters, he spends a lot of time tweeting and brilliantly combines informative tweets with funny or controversial ones. Brunson on the other hand is big on jokes and so is Daniel Negreanu, while Phil Hellmuth does what he knows best, bragging about how exciting his life is and how good he is both at and away from the poker table.

Any top list featuring players who use Twitter on a daily basis would be incomplete without mentioning Antonio Esfandiari, Phil Ivey, Tom Durr, Mike Matusow or Phil Laak. These names ring familiar to anyone who is even remotely interested in poker and many players follow these poker pros on a daily basis. There is no shortage of female poker players out there and they are the focal point of attention at the poker tables but also on Twitter. Beth Shak, Vanessa Rousso and Annie Duke made a name for themselves and their loyal Twitter followers count in the tens of thousands.