WCOOP: Who to follow on Twitter during the 2014 Championship
These days the modern game is played as much away from the tables as it is at them, thanks largely to social media. A good or a particularly bad hand can be over in a matter of seconds, but it can go on to be discussed for months or more, dissected minutely by an often unforgiving crowd on Twitter.
But then, isn't that all part of the fun?
As we get ready for the kickoff of the 2014 World Championship of Online Poker, we've compiled a list of the best people to follow on Twitter for the duration of the Championship. Most are players, some you may know and others you might not. But they should provide a different perspective on what it's like to play, win and lose in the most important online series on the calendar.
There are countless other players to follow, and we detailed the most popular last month on the Social Power Table. But a good place to start is the list we've compiled below, featuring Team Pros, members of Team Online and other noted tweeters who do it well and resist the urge to post pictures of breakfast, or cats. That said we offer no guarantees.
Here's the list:
Team PokerStars Pro
Daniel Negreanu (@RealKidPoker)
Liv Boeree (@Liv_Boeree)
Jonathan Duhamel (@JonathanDuhamel)
Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier (@elkypoker)
George Danzer (@trickyscarfy)
Jan Heitmann (@JanHeitmann)
Jake Cody (@JakeCody)
Andre Akkari (@aakkari)
Eugene Katchalov (@EugeneKatchalov)
Leo Margets (@LeoMargets)
All of the above offer "good tweet", led by Social Power Table topper Negreanu. Between them they have WSOP and WCOOP bracelets, as well as some EPT titles.
George Danzer is fresh off a double bracelet winning World Series of Poker and as we reported earlier this week, he has his eye on a top five finish on the WCOOP leader board. Meanwhile, while Leo Margets tweets largely out of left field, Jake Cody is fresh off becoming a father and offers a unique perspective as a family man and a jobbing pro.
Can Danzer add WCOOP jewelry to that brought home from Las Vegas? Can Cody dodge the diapers long enough to earn his first bracelet?
PokerStars Team Online
Mickey Petersen (@mickeydp)
Isaac Haxton (@ikepoker)
Randy Lew (@nanonoko)
Andre Coimbra (@andrebcoimbra)
Lex Veldhuis (@RaSZi)
Grzegorz Mikielewicz (@DaWarsaw)
Adrienne Rowsome (@talonchick)
PokerStars Team Online (@PSTeamOnline)
While @TalonChick will be playing WCOOP while bouncing her newborn daughter on her knee, these folks make it their business to immerse themselves in the online world, and tweet while they're doing it.
Everything from hand descriptions and analysis, to the pointing out of donkey plays, including their own. There's nothing like a bit of good natured mockery to keep you sharp during the most important online championship of the year.
Other regular tweeters
Jorryt van Hoof (@Jorryt_van_Hoof)
Phil Galfond (@PhilGalfond)
Faraz Jaka (@FarazJaka)
Mike McDonald (@MikeMcDonald89)
Marty Mathis (@martymath)
Shaun Deeb (@shaundeeb)
Ryan D'Angelo (@g0lfa)
Shawn Buchanan (@shawnbuchanan1)
Shane Schleger (@ShaneSchleger)
Dara O'Kearney (@daraokearney)
Justin Bonomo (@JustinBonomo)
Steve O'Dwyer (@steveodwyer)
Griffin Benger (@GriffinBenger)
Dan Smith (@dansmithholla)
Annette Obrestad (@annette_15)
Kitty Kuo (@Kittykuopoker)
Kevin MacPhee (@KevinMacPhee)
This is just a handful of the rest, most if not all of whom will be focused on WCOOP for the entire festival. While Mike McDonald brings the self-deprecation, the list contains the other EPT champions like MacPhee and O'Dwyer, as well as WCOOP grand masters Ryan D'Angelo (three WCOOP titles) and Shaun Deeb (two titles). Not to mention Shawn Buchanan, one of only two players to have earned a Triple Coop (WCOOP, SCOOP and TCOOP titles respectively).
Shane Schleger tweeted every step of the way of his journey to the WCOOP Main Event final table last year, while Kitty Kuo's tweets are worth sticking with for her truly original take on the world, as seen from her seat at a poker table. For Jorry van Hoof meanwhile WCOOP will prove a useful training ground ahead of his date with the November Nine later this year.
You'll no doubt find others to add to the list, but these should provide some extra insight as you watch or play the most prestigious online tournament series in the world.
Stephen Bartley is a staff writer for the PokerStars Blog.