Last week, PokerUpdate’s Steve Ruddock released his list of must follow Twitter accounts for the iGaming industry in 2015. While there are many out there interested in the ever-growing industry, many more of you are all about the game itself.
The poker world has embraced Twitter with open arms and it is regularly used as a way to disseminate news, report results, and even rib other players. This week, I present to you a list of ten “must follow” poker industry Twitter accounts for 2015.
In picking this list, I tried to find a proper balance between entertainment and information sharing. Being a popular poker player is simply not a strong enough criterion; otherwise, Phil Ivey would be tops on the list. If you want to keep on top of most things poker, these are accounts you should follow.
Kevin Mathers – Kevmath – If you’re a poker fan and aren’t already following Kevmath on Twitter, you’re doing it wrong. Kevin Mathers is Bluff Magazine’s “Manager of Poker Information” and may have the greatest breadth of knowledge of anyone in the poker media. If the story is important, odds are that it will be on his feed. Need an answer to a poker-related question? Ask him and chances are he can find the answer.
Daniel Negreanu – RealKidPoker – Negrenau is one of the most popular poker players in the world and among the most followed. His Twitter is a hodgepodge of information covering his general life, poker exploits, and his thoughts on events in the poker world. It can be either entertaining or controversial, depending on his mood and the reader. A definite must follow.
Phil Hellmuth – Phil_Hellmuth – The king of self-promotion and name-dropping is another person you should follow on Twitter. The poker brat is a regular Twitter user and isn’t afraid to share about his personal and professional life. And boy does he share. His tweets really are as ridiculous as those shown during the November Nine final. Great for some laughs from poker’s all-time bracelets leader.
Jack Effel – WSOPTD – Jack Effel’s official title is the Vice President of International Poker Operations and Director of the World Series of Poker. However, most of us know Jack as simply “The Man” that runs the WSOP machine. For years, Jack has been the tournament director for the WSOP and has been instrumental in helping the event grow to the heights it now enjoys. This account is most active during the World Series of Poker and related events, but he also uses it to solicit feedback from players.
Official WSOP Twitter Account – WSOP – The WSOP’s official account is a must follow for information on all things related to the World Series of Poker. You will receive news and information on the Main WSOP, as well as circuit events, WSOP Europe, WSOP Asia Pacific and the Poker Hall of Fame.
Poker Players Alliance – ppapoker – Whether you’re in the United States or interested in the politics surrounding online poker in the US, you should follow the PPA on Twitter. Their official account provides information on the group’s lobbying efforts on Capitol Hill and beyond as they work to try to legalize online poker. While a federal solution is preferable, it is not likely to happen in the foreseeable future. As such, the PPA also works with state governments considering the issue.
World Poker Tour – WPT – If you follow the World Series of Poker, you should definitely follow the World Poker Tour on Twitter. This account will give you regular updates on all events related to the World Poker Tour. Don’t have time to follow the WPT Main Events online? No problem. Their Twitter account also features regular updates during the final tables of their Main Events, including the Alpha 8.
Matt Savage – SavagePoker – Matt Savage is one of the most well-known and most active tournament directors in the world. In addition to being the Executive Tour Director for the World Poker Tour, he is also the Tournament Director for the Commerce Casino in Los Angeles. Savage is also the founder of the Tournament Director’s Association, the organization that standardized tournament rules. Savage is a mad re-tweeter of other poker players, especially if it is related to the World Poker Tour. He also keeps followers updated on his exploits in his many endeavors.
Doyle Brunson – TexDolly – One would assume that someone from Doyle Brunson’s era wouldn’t be that comfortable using Twitter. The opposite is true for the 10-time bracelet winner and two-time Main Event champion. Doyle’s Twitter is a clever mix of real life and poker-related tweets with just the right amount of gentle humor mixed in. Doyle may not play that many tournaments anymore, but cash games have yet to pass him by. Also, his commentary on various poker issues can be both entertaining and enlightening.
PokerUpdate – pokerupdate – Since you’re already visiting our website, you might as well follow us on Twitter. We provide a solid mix of reporting on live and online poker, as well as the politics behind the game.
James Guill – compncards – Lastly, I cannot miss this chance for a shameless plug. Feel free to follow me on Twitter at compncards. I don’t just link out to my stories on my Twitter. You’ll regularly see my “never to be considered or confused to be humble” opinions on everything poker and life.