New Poll: Poker Poohbah of the Year?

by , Dec 5, 2008 | 6:58 am

Our last poll was kinda complex — seeking speculation on what the recent national media exposure would mean for poker. We gave you six options (nobody added any others), three of which were “positive” and three “negative”. The “bad for poker” side won by roughly a 3:2 margin.

This week, I’m curious … Who do you think, for better or for worse, has been the most influential person in poker in 2008? Jeffrey Pollack, Peter Eastgate, Osama bin Laden? Vote your little heart out. Next week we’ll be asking a similar question for group performance.

8 Comments to “New Poll: Poker Poohbah of the Year?”

  1. Kevin Mathers

    I think none of the above is a better option.

  2. DanM

    Add it! You got any other suggestions?

  3. Kevin Mathers

    Remove Orenstein, Adelson, and Yang from the list.

  4. DanM

    Orenstein, the man behind High Stakes Poker — which changed the way everyone else assessed what made for good poker TV?

    Adelson, the head honcho at Venetian — throwing tons of money into a great poker room, one of the best small-to-mid stakes tourney series, enjoyed by thousands (and copied by others)? He also in some capacity green-lighted The Real Deal, which may be a bit frightening, but still … oh, and he was ready to dump a whole bunch of money into poker in Macau … but I think the Venetian’s near-bankruptcy has tabled that for a bit.

    Still, he definitely qualifies.

  5. Poker Shrink

    Long term the winner is Russ Hamilton, but Barney Frank is clearly in the running for the ’09 award.

  6. Johnny Hughes

    The most influential are the Poker Bloggers. They are the news, opinion, and gossip part of poker. It is like when Time has a man of the year, and names a group.

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  8. DanM

    seriously … where are all those Pollack votes coming from?