Poker Players

  • GPI Player of the Year Race in Overdrive
    By Paul Hewson   How do you decide who the best poker player in the world is? Since 2011, the Global Poker Index has been tracking tournament results and crowning its Player of the Year. Tournaments aren't the be-all and end-all of poker, but they are the most competitive form of the game – and therefore ideal for a Player of the Year competition. Since its inception, the GPI Player of the Year award has been claimed by Dan Smith (2012), Ole Schemion (2013) and Daniel Colman (2014). Who will win this year's POY award? Here's how the 2015 GPI Top 10 looks at press time:   1. Byron Kaverman                 4736.90 points 2. Anthony Zinno                     4649.05 3. Nicholas Petrangelo... [read-more]
  • Top Five Poker Stares
    By Paul Hewson   While Joe McKeehen was busy winning the World Series of Poker Main Event last month, the commentators had lots to say about the way McKeehen was staring down his opponents. People seemed a bit intimidated by the man they call “ Joey Ice Cube.” Personally, I found McKeehen's stare somewhat amusing. I don't mean to brag – there are players out there who would freak me out if I had to look them in the eye – but McKeehen seemed like a nice guy to me. His stares appeared to be more inquisitive than intimidating. That's not the case for the five players on this list. If you ever have to play a hand against any of them, you might... [read-more]
  • Guidance Counselling for Poker Players
    By Paul Hewson   There are easier ways in the world to make money than playing poker. That's the kind of thing you usually hear from people who have already been successful at day trading or other financial pursuits. But it's true – provided you're willing to apply those poker skills away from the table, in a job where you'll have bigger responsibilities than making sure you don't bet out of turn. If that's the case, and you don't already have a fulfilling day job, you should strongly consider getting one. Poker is a form of investing, and anyone who relies solely on investments faces a risk of ruin, especially if the only game you play is no limit Hold 'em. The trick is to find a job that... [read-more]
  • By Paul Hewson   It's been said that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. This piece of wisdom can be traced back to the English author Charles Caleb Colton – who, as it turned out, was an avid gambler. Colton kept a residence in Paris and frequented the Palais Royale, where he was said to have earned a small fortune – before losing it all and spending his last years supported by his family. If Joe McKeehen ends up squandering the fortune he just made at the World Series of Poker, he's got his family to fall back on, too. That's about where the similarities end between McKeehen and Colton. While Colton was something of a bon vivant, with a nasty habit of leaving his creditors high... [read-more]