Since joining Casino City this past August, one of my jobs has been to write a weekly " Poker Player Tweets of the Week " column.
I've spent a lot of time on Twitter following poker players and their daily musings. Some of it is highly entertaining. Other times, the players are just as mundane as the rest of us. After all, they're just people; people who often gamble for hundreds of thousands of dollars.
But some players are certainly more entertaining on Twitter than others. They go beyond tweeting their hand histories and chip counts at tournaments. These players are often interactive with their fans, funny and simply have interesting things to say.
And with that, here are the top-10 poker players to follow on Twitter:
10. Erik "@Erik_Seidel" Seidel
Erik Seidel may be the most under-the-radar heavy hitter in the poker world. For a guy who has won eight World Series of Poker bracelets, Seidel falls behind several of his less-accomplished peers in the notoriety department.
But Seidel is a silent genius, both on and off the table. His insights on Twitter, whether they have to do with poker, art or pop culture, are always well-reasoned and thoughtful. He also has a sneaky dry sense of humor, which I love.
And though Seidel isn't exactly a frequent Twitter user, his selectivity only makes his tweets that much more powerful.
9. Haralabos "@haralabob" Voulgaris
Haralabos Voulgaris is one of the most successful pro basketball handicappers in the world and has made millions of dollars betting on the NBA. And when the money got too good to ignore during the poker boom, he taught himself the game and began crushing that, as well.
Voulgaris doesn't play poker a lot, but he still qualifies for this list. And because I love the NBA and gambling, I am naturally drawn to Voulgaris' insights into the game.
Grantland's Bill Simmons has called Voulgaris the "smartest NBA fan on Twitter," and it's true. Voulgaris watches dozens of hours of game tape each week and relays some of the trends he finds on his Twitter account. He has a lot of interesting things to say about basketball, and if you're a fan of the game, I highly recommend giving Voulgaris a follow.
8. Shane "@ShaneSchleger" Schleger
Shane Schleger has made a few appearances in my "Poker Player Tweets of the Week" columns for being, quite simply, a funny guy. He's personable, witty and has good comedic timing; at least for the Internet (I can't say I've ever met him personally).
Oh, and of course there's this gem:
Most important resume/cover letter tip: avoid clutter. Make it EASY to figure out who you are, what you do, what makes you a good fit.— Nate Silver (@fivethirtyeight) January 11, 2014
One of the great things about the Internet is no matter how wrong you are about something, there's always some idiot to agree with you.— Joe Stapleton (@Stapes) December 9, 2013
My parents asked what I wanted for Christmas. I said "Twitter Verified," and then mistakenly tried to explain it. They're in a home now.— Joe Stapleton (@Stapes) December 12, 2013
Making yourself carsick from being on your smartphone is the new getting dysentery on the Oregon Trail.— Joe Stapleton (@Stapes) October 30, 2013
Dan Podheiser has covered the gambling industry since 2013, but he has been an avid poker player for more than a decade, starting when he was just 14 years old. When he turned 18, he played online poker regularly on U.S.-friendly sites until Black Friday in April 2011. Follow him on Twitter @danpodheiser.