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.
The 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,
Editor in Chief