Posts Tagged ‘Professional Poker Players’

What Stakes do Poker Pros play?

Thursday, February 21st, 2013

When most people think of professional poker players, they envision grinders who make their living in $25/$50 cash games and above. But while these high stakes players may steal most of the headlines, the truth is that poker pros are found throughout a variety of stakes. This being said, let’s take a closer look at what stakes you have to play in order to make a living with the game.

It All Depends…

There is no set cutoff as to what stakes can provide you with a healthy living. And a large part of being a full-time pro depends upon where you live. For example, countries like the United States, Canada, United Kingdom and France have high costs of living. So pros usually need to play at least $1/$2 games and above, even as multi-tablers.

Contrast this to countries like the Ukraine, Mexico, Brazil and Romania, where cheaper costs of living make playing lower stakes more realistic. In some cases, pro grinders in these nations could play $0.05/$0.10 and above with some multi-tabling.

Win Rate and Multi-Tabling

We’ve mentioned multi-tabling a couple of times already because this is extremely important in regard to making profits – especially if you’re trying to earn a living at the lower stakes.

And of course you’re going to need a good win rate as well. The exact win rate needed depends heavily upon what stakes you are playing; for example, an American playing $1/$2 NL Hold’em will probably need to earn 10 big blinds an hour (depending upon daily hours played) along with some rakeback. But a pro $0.10/$0.20 NLHE player from the Ukraine might be able to get away with earning 10 big blinds an hour at this level.

So as you can see, there are all different types of stakes that pros play. And a multitude of factors go into deciding what limits a person has to play to earn a living.

Most Valuable Pro Poker Players, According To Twitter

Wednesday, October 27th, 2010

If you are on Twitter then you know that some tweeple have more influence that others. BLUFF magazine recently published an interesting article looking at the influence of professional poker players on Twitter, based upon the value of these players’ Twitter accounts at, a website that uses some sort of algorithm to put a price value on people’s Twitter accounts.

According to BLUFF’s research, using TweetValue, the top poker players on Twitter are ranked as follows:

  1. Joe Sebok has a Twitter account worth $52,274 with over 1.1 million followers
  2. Doyle Brunson has a Twitter account worth $27,867 with over 355,000 followers
  3. Daniel Negreanu has a Twitter account worth $6,881 with over 64,000 followers
  4. Phil Hellmuth has a Twitter account worth $5,058 with over 49,000 followers
  5. Annie Duke has a Twitter account worth $3,042 with over 24,000 followers
  6. The World Series of Poker has a Twitter account worth $2,622 with over 21,000 followers
  7. Barry Greenstein has a Twitter account worth $2,303 with over 21,000 followers
  8. Phil Laak has a Twitter account worth $1,867 with over 16,000 followers
  9. Erik Seidel has a Twitter account worth $1,483 with over 14,000 followers

10.  Jean-Robert Bellande has a Twitter account worth $1,338 with over 10,000 followers.

Other top pro poker players on Twitter include Matt Savage and Antonio Esfandiari. Check out how your Twitter account value compares and follow these popular poker players to keep track of what’s going on in their lives.