What do new poker players have to aspire to? How do they break into the top ranks of the Global Poker Index (GPI)? Each week, the GPI releases a lost of the best 300 poker players in the entire world. Just what is it about poker that has captured the imagination of so many people worldwide?
Cultural impact of poker
There is something about poker that screams intelligence, suave players and tricky moves. Anyone who’s any good, particularly on the world tournament scale, must have something about them that’s cool.
Where does this impression come from? Over the past 40 years, poker has been referenced by bands and artists across the musical genres, has been used as a plot device in films ranging from Cool Hand Luke with Paul Newman to Casino Royale with the newest incarnation of James Bond.
Poker is cool – think of Motorhead’s Ace of Spades, Lady Gaga’s Pokerface, movies like Casino, Maverick and Ocean’s Eleven. All of these songs, films and cultural references are steeped in cool pop culture, it’s no wonder that it has become a game steeped in legend and mystique.
Celebrity poker lovers
Of course, the fact that high level poker players play for huge stakes is also part of the glamour and allure of the game. Any aspiring poker player wants to use poker strategy to win big. As opposed to casino strategy, where slot machines are the main game played, which basically means looking for the best payouts and most frequent jackpots. Sure, it’s about outwitting the other players, but it’s also about cleaning up and taking away the huge pot at the end of it.
However, there are many top level poker players who presumably aren’t particularly interested in winning the money. A list actors (and already extremely well off) like Matt Damon, Ben Affleck and Tobey Maguire are highly accomplished players who play in championship poker regularly. The money can’t be the overwhelming factor contributing to their interest in the sport, it’s far more likely to show that the mental agility and cool headedness needed is what drives these Hollywood elite to play poker.
Player of the year 2013
Top of the world rankings and player of the year is Daniel Negreanu. He first came onto the scene back in 1997 and hasn’t stopped winning since. He has a winning total of a massive $20,828,390 and shows no signs of conceding his status in the poker world. He is now the highest earning Canadian poker player ever, and shows exactly what can be achieved.
New players to watch
Choosing players that are likely to be snapping at Negreanu’s heels isn’t easy, but here are some that promise a bright future. Jack Ellwood, who is from Newcastle Upon Tyne in the UK, is likely to be as recognised as some of his compatriots ,which include WSOP bracelet winners Matt Perrins and Jake Cody. He has won around $2.5 million in online poker and came second in the 2010 SCOOP and was runner up at UKIPT Manchester and made it to the final WSOP table.
Sebastian Skiroski who plays online as p0cket00 is also one to watch. He has won the PocketFives Triple Crown and has won over $5.6 million online. His consistency is legendary already and he’s bound to be a contender for the elite rankings one day.