Editor’s Letter … The Power 20 a Look at the Positive

It seems each year, around late January or early February, the chatter about the BLUFF Power 20 picks up. Once ballots go out and people hear that so-and-so has a vote, people campaign for votes via email and Skype.

Lance BradleyThe past couple of years, I’ve had a few people forward me some of the campaigning emails and they usually read like a poorly written dating website profile. We’ve also had cases of people with ballots actually agreeing to swap votes with another voter.

On the surface it’s somewhat comical, maybe even a bit sad, but the purist in me hates stuff like that. So when we tabulate the votes we take things like existing business relationships or extremely obvious vote-swapping into consideration. The next year, I often find an email in my inbox from one of the violators asking where their Power 20 ballot is.

Funny how that works.

What we ended up with is a reasonably accurate portrayal of the current power structure in the poker industry. It’s not perfect and never will be, but what it should serve as is a snapshot of the people in this industry that are making a positive impact on the game and the industry.

As always it’s going to cause a bit of a debate but that’s part of the fun right?

Enjoy the run good,

Lance Bradley
Editor in Chief

March 2014