Pro Blog Props

by , Nov 14, 2008 | 2:21 pm

If you haven’t voted a few times already, there’s a poll right over there ( –> ) asking you what’s your favorite poker blog by a bona fide poker pro. Daniel Negreanu is running away with it, as he probably should be. My personal fave: Doyle Brunson’s blog.

Not only do I enjoy the Doylism of the Day, but also, Big Poppa can write! In his most recent post, he explains why having backed John McCain doesn’t make him anti-poker any more than it makes him a racist:

First, I’m about as far away from being a racist as you can get. I’ve had black friends all my life, and I mean really good friends. That was back before it was “fashionable” to have blacks as friends.

Hmm, that might be a dig at anyone like me who has specifically been courting black girls, thinking interracial intercourse is about to become all the rage (just kidding LaTasjia — you’re still my #1 shorty). But seriously … check it out — not only does Doyle’s blog have other good blogstuff such as a relatively personal Flickr gallery, but also he was able to make a solid point for voting McCain in four paragrafs that neither Tom nor my dad could do in four weeks of email manifestos and belligerent phone calls. It’s the kinda writing I’ve grown to expect from Brunson, who clearly has refined his skills in the 36 years since authoring Super/System.

Another pretty good one comes from Annette 15. Even though the Michelle Wie of Poker (?) says she’s really more of a forum girl, Annette Obrestad’s blog (added to the poll by a reader) is filled with worthwhile reads from a young pro making her way through the high-stakes world, live and online. I really dug her post introducing “set mining” to me (the phrase, if not the concept), with a simple, straightforward math-based explanation of when it’s worth seeing if you’re pocket pair can trip up.

Anyhow, just a couple that I’ve found worth the clicks and eyeball time, and possibly a few votes.


  • Kevin Mathers

    I agree that Doyle has a great blog, but for some backstory, there’s been 3 separate threads on 2+2 about Doyle’s alleged racism:

    http://tinyurl.com/Doyleblog1 (the original thread in question, that mentions Doyle voting for McCain)

    http://tinyurl.com/Doyleblog2 (the thread in response to the “racism” charge, post 30 has me provide links and quotes to Doyle’s wavering presidential choice on his blog)

    http://tinyurl.com/Doyleblog3 (where someone says that the posters of 2+2 apologize to Doyle)

    All three threads have their moments of hilarity, flaming, off-topic discussion, etc. that make the NVG forum so popular and hated.

  • jason dalton

    i am amazed that people really don’t do any research before saying something. If you look at the vote on HR 4940 you will see only 12 no’s from senators. http://www.govtrack.us/congress/vote.xpd?vote=s2006-241. none of these where running for pres. so i guess no matter who you voted for you are letting poker down.

  • http://pokerblog.com Poker Shrink

    I have a problem with your most recent poll Dan because I have no evidence that any of these poker pros actually write their own blog. Wait, I am sure Daniel does; but you and I and any blogger who has been on the tournament circuit has either been approached or knows someone who has or even is currently writing some pro’s blog. So who are we voting for?

  • http://pokerati.com/about-us/#danm DanM

    Yeah, it’s probably good that Daniel is winning, because he’s a true blogger, even if he doesn’t type it himself. He posts his thoughts regularly, and interacts directly with the readers.

    Likewise for some of the online pro blogs (Shaniac, Townsend, Annette 15, et al) … these are clearly their personal works.

    As to, say, Doyle Brunson’s blog, or Phil Hellmuth’s … well I am sure they are pretty literally “phoning it in”, but Doyle’s is definitely in his voice … and Phil gets a bit personal in his, even if it makes you groan … so I think they still count.

    Let’s face it, Shrink, if we could blog without actual typing … we’d SOOOO do it.

  • http://pokerati.com/about-us/#danm DanM

    Hmm, just noticed PokerGrump’s huge vote count. While I respect the ballot-stuffing, I think you need to have a listing in the Hendon Mob database to be considered a real poker pro.

  • http://pokerati.com/about-us/#danm DanM

    PS I’ve added Liz Lieu’s blog just for you, Shrink.