Saturday, May 21, 2011

The Top 50 Professional Poker Players With Twitter Influence

So last week @ZachBussey caused a stir in social media for the Toronto area when he blogged about The Top 150 Toronto Twitter Influencers that was measured by Klout. Zach actually caused such an uproar that he posted a follow up blog, Does Klout Matter.

What is Klout you ask? The Klout Score is the measurement of your overall online influence. The scores range from 1 to 100 with higher scores representing a wider and stronger sphere of influence. Klout uses over 35 variables on Facebook and Twitter to measure True Reach, Amplification Probability, and Network Score. For more on The Klout Score click here.

I have decided to put together a list of The Top 50 Professional Poker Players With Twitter Influence, with Zach's permission of course.

Klout Score does get updated daily, so some of the numbers may get changed around as days pass by, I will try to keep this as up to date as possible. I probably have missed a few that should be on the list, if you know of any, please let me know and I will update accordingly. So here they are:

Saturday, May 14, 2011

BAP, What The Hell Is BAP, You Ask?

BAP is known in the poker world as Buy A Piece. Which means you are buying a certain percentage or share in a poker players action. If that poker player happens to cash in a tournament or tournaments that you bought a percentage in then you receive that percentage back of his/her winnings.

I have bought action on a few players that I know, and it has worked out well, but sometimes it doesn't, and I have had others buy some of my action as well. I usually only sell up to about 25% of my action, but I do know players that will sell up to or even more then 50%.

What I have found most players do is sell their action in a $10,000 Main Event Tournament. They will sell 50% at 1:1.2, meaning for 1% of their action will cost you $120. So if they sold 50% that would be $6,000, then they would take that $6k and and buy into the smaller side events, where they get all their own action.

Not everyone does this but it is common place for this to happen, and is a pretty good way to be able to play a lot more events then just The Main Event.

Some players also swap percentages when they are playing in the same events. This is done evenly on a one to one basis, and is also a good way to increase your bankroll.

Every player is different with what they will sell and what they will swap, and sometime things can get confusing. If you decide to sell or swap your action, my advice is do it with someone that is trusted or you know personally, and keep it simple so their is no confusing when the time comes for you to receive or payout what you owe.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Juggling Life and Poker

A fellow Amateur Poker Player that is also aspiring to become pro posted in his blog entitled "Finding Time" that gave me this idea for my blog. You can find my fellow poker players blog here.

Being an amateur that would like to be one day a pro, it is very hard to juggle life and to find time to play poker. You see I have a 3 year boy, that I am responsible for and takes up most of time as I like to play with him and do stuff, whether it is just watching Thomas The Train, or playing road hockey, or taking him to the park, and taking him skating. I enjoy doing this and could never imagine not being there for my boy to do this stuff with.

With that being said, let's get into the poker. I would rather play live poker tournaments then online, as I like the social aspect of live poker that online poker just does not give you. So here is my advice to those that are having trouble fitting their passion of playing poker into their lives.

I work a full time job, so I can only get so much time off for holidays, this is why I almost always book a week off during The WSOP, and try to book another week off to do a family vacation. You can also incorporate poker tournaments in family vacations as well. I did this for last years COPC in Calgary Alberta, after I was done playing poker, we headed over to Banff for some family time.

What I usually do is I pick out the poker events I really want to play, and that of coarse what I can also afford. There is two somewhat local casinos close to me that run a good structured tournament once a month with by in from $300 to $1100 that I usually try to hit, then there is The WSOP that I hit every year to play one or two events then check out the other casinos like Venetian, Caesars, Binions, and Golden Nugget. Seneca Casino usually in Niagara Falls New York usually runs a series of tournaments through out the year as well, and then there is Fallsview Casino and Resort in Niagara Falls Ontario, that run their annual Fallsview Poker Classic in January of every year. I also run my own poker league where I get about 25 to 30 players each night I run a tournament. For more info on my league please click here

Of course I do miss some of the local casino tournaments, and Seneca's tournaments, but it really is no big deal, I understand that I can't play them all when I have a 3 year boy that I want to be with. You basically have to decide what tournaments you want to play and if you can get or want to take some time off of work to play them.

As for the rest of this year for bigger buy in tournaments, my plan is to play as many of the once a month tournaments on Wednesdays at Great Blue Heron in Port Perry Ontario, will be at The WSOP for a week in June to play a couple of events and play some tournaments at Venetian, Binions, and The Golden Nugget.

Hopefully next January I will be able to make to the Bahamas for the PCA and take my family with me, as this would be the perfect destination to mix poker and family together.