Ever since Chris Moneymaker turned $40 into $2.5 million in an epic win at the World Series Of Poker (WSOP) Main Event in 2003, the popularity of no-limit Texas Hold’em poker has skyrocketed.
A number of online poker rooms have thrived in the wake of Moneymaker’s win. Sites like PokerStars, Full Tilt, Ultimate Bet, Bodog, and Party Poker brought in, well, a good deal of rake from amateur players hoping to get a crack at their shot at fame and fortune.
As a result of poker’s televised glory, poker blogs sprung up across the Internet, detailing everything from personal results to rules, strategy, news, tournament and cash game results, tips, poker pros, humor, and online bonuses.
Each poker blog below has it’s own uniqueness, with amateur and expert takes on this worldwide game. Here are the Top 30 poker blogs worth reading:
#1: Poker Junkie
This poker blog has it all: top online poker room facts and reviews, a complete guide to poker deposit options showing which sites accept different methods, information on the WSOP and how to qualify, glossary of terms, games, rules, strategy articles, and so much more. If you want to know your odds in a hand they Poker Junkie has an odds calculator so you can be the nerd/winner at your next home game. The site also has a huge forum with tons of valuable content. You can submit details of any hand and have them personally reviewed by the junkies who run the site. Poker School Videos allow you to watch the pros play online poker. Learn from seeing exactly how pros play in real situations and from their spoken commentary. It’s your one-stop spot for all things poker.
#2: Poker Listings
They have all your poker news coverage, but where Poker Listing’s blog shines is in it’s full-boatload of great articles and videos on strategy. Beyond Texas Hold’em, they stretch out to Omaha, Pot-Limit Omaha and 7 Card Stud. The articles range from beginner advice all the way to expert analysis.
Wicked Chops Poker is your stop for news, tournament results, podcasts, and the latest on the political decisions involving online poker. What makes Wicked Chops stand out from the pack? Babes. Lots of ‘em. The folks at Wicked Chops dish on hot lady poker players and also the “Girls on the Rail”—a look at the hottest spectators. Funny, irreverent and informational.
You will never guess what PokerNews has a lot of. If you guessed half naked chicks playing cards…that’s wicked chops poker. However, they have the next best thing: Lynn Gilmartin, a cute Aussie girl from Melbourne who travels the world following major poker tournaments. With video interviews, live reporting, a forum, podcasts, and a huge section devoted to learning to play better poker, PokerNews has got it going on.
#5: Betting BetFair
Betfair has some excellent articles on beginner tips. They cover NL Hold’em cash games, sit and goes (SNGs), multi-table tournaments, and heads up player. Unlike a lot of Hold’em centric sites, Betfair includes articles on Pot Limit Omaha (PLO) as well. They also keep their poker news up to date.
Noted Poker Authority is a poker advice column written by Ed Miller, author of five poker books and four poker DVDs with sales of over 200,000 copies. He is part owner and produces educational poker videos for Cardrunners, a subscription-based poker coaching site. Mr. Miller has a loyal readership and a bunch of great articles on everything from bankroll management to hand reading, beginner tips, internet poker, and hand discussions.
#7: ESPN Poker Blog
The “Worldwide Leader in Sports” covers the WSOP, so you know their blog is good. Unfortunately, as such, it is pretty much relegated to talk about poker pros and big tournaments. But if you can’t get enough of your favorite poker pros, you’re at the right blog.
#8: Bluff Magazine
Bluff Magazine is a print magazine that has a blog dedicated to poker news, from postings on poker TV lineups, to the results of high-stakes online matches. If you love to stay on top of the latest happenings in the poker world, Bluff won’t let you down. They’ll post as many as four times per day.
It would be a sin not to devote a poker blog to this City. Las Vegas Poker Blog mostly covers the WSOP, WPT and other big-name poker events. Sidebar categories make it easy to find news and tournaments going on in the casino of your choice.
#10: Ante Up
Ante Up is a printed poker magazine. As such, you know it has the latest news on poker legislation, pros, tournament and cash game results. If you want to improve your game on the go, listen to hosts Chris Cosenza and Scott Long shoot the shit in “Our award-winning weekly Internet audio [that] show mixes humor, commentary and strategy.” The pair might not be Norman Chad and Lon McEachern, but they have been at it since June of 2005, and always deliver a refreshing point of view.
This blog updates multiple times per day on poker news and speculation. Pokerati has plenty of podcasts, and the sidebar gives you info on upcoming poker tournaments in Las Vegas casinos.
#12: Bill’s Poker Blog
Bill offers a bunch of satirical posts that will keep you coming back (and subscribing). A must read is his post entitled, “Proof that Online Poker is Rigged!” He also blogs on poker legislation, online poker, and strategy—all mixed in with his trademark humor.
#13: Poker Plasm
Poker Plasm touts itself as the “Premier Online Poker Magazine.” It features poker articles, interviews, website reviews, tips, and posts inviting readers to share their thoughts on how they would play a specific hand. A clean and easy to read layout makes Poker Plasm stand out.
PokerSpace is a community blog where members can make their own poker blog. Share a poker room promotion or update fellow members on your poker school status. Sign up with any featured poker room and earn “PS points” to buy cool things like an iPod touch or a poker strategy book.
#15: PokerStars Blog
PokerStars touts itself as the “world’s largest online poker room.” Not surprisingly, its blog cover the top team PokerStars players, as well as live events and online tournament results.
#16: Card Player
Card Player has personal blog postings from all your favorite pros, including Doyle Brunson, Daniel Negreanu and Phil Hellmuth. It shows a preview of most recent blog postings, along with information on players, tournaments, Las Vegas Poker, and online bonuses. Users can contribute their own blogs, and the latest and most recommended blogs are displayed on the right sidebar.
#17: Tao Poker
Tao of Poker is a personal and poker news blog run by Paul McGuire. Within a minimalist layout and small text, Paul provides a refreshing and introspective take on all things poker. He recently released a book (available in ebook format as well) entitled, Lost Vegas: The Redneck Riviera, Existentialist Conversations with Strippers, and the World Series of Poker.
#18: Double As
Like Guinness and Poker, Double As is another personal bog hosted by Blogspot. An engineer by trade, Double As offers up insightful posts about his online cash and tournament experiences. His archives date back to March of 2003, but unlike Iggy, he is currently still posting.
#19: Best Poker Sites
This blog provides news and humorous poker articles mainly concerned with the glitz and glam (major tournament and high-stakes online play) of the poker world.
Poker Plays Alliance is a non-profit membership organization of poker players from around the United States who have joined together to speak with one voice to promote and protect our right to play poker in all its forms. The legality of Internet poker is a hot topic amongst players these days, and is supported by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada.
#21: Pocket Fives
Pocket Fives has a pretty sweet user blogs section with dedicated posters. It’s a great place to interact and learn how your fellow amateurs are making money online. As one user puts it, “In poker, losing isn’t an outcome, it’s an eventuality… I’m just hoping I can starve off my humanity long enough to have success as I continue to climb the ladder.” Amen.
#22: Guinness and Poker
If you like to read more personal blogs, “uber” blogger Ignatius J. Reilly (aka Iggy) takes you on a journey with irreverent posts and drunken rants. Iggy has been at it since 2003, which you could pretty much guess from looking at the layout. As of the date of this post, he hasn’t been active since June of 2010…Where are you Iggy!
#23: Howard Lederer
One of the most famous poker pros, Howard Lederer aka “The Professor”, knows a thing or two about poker. Along with Phil Ivey, Mike “The Mouth” Matusow, and other pros, he launched Full Tilt Poker in June of 2004. His blog offers poker articles from the man himself, along with a video blog, news, and links to fellow his fellow pros’ websites. More tips would be nice, but a good magician never tells his secrets.
#24: Poker Bloggs
The award of the least creative blog name and layout go to www.pokerbloggs.com, which titles itself “Poker Blog” (the domain name must have been taken). What Poker Blog lacks in an interesting layout, it makes up for with plenty of intriguing content. Poker Blog has the latest online news and biographies of top poker pros.
#25: 4 King Poker Blog
4 King Poker has a forum with over 5,500 members, poker site reviews, a bunch of poker strategy tips and articles, a learn to play poker section for newbies, and of course, poker news. While it may not be the most aesthetically pleasing site, “Scrawnybob” does a great job making his blog posts helpful and easy to read.
#26: Poker King Blog
One look at the Poker King Blog and one thing is for certain: they are obsessed with their computer-generated icon, a king who players poker, naturally. Besides that minor nuance, the Poker King Blog sticks to big-time poker news about pros and tournaments.
A former PokerNews writer, Amy Calistri writes a blog about poker and investing. More and more women are being recognized in the world of poker, (see Vanessa Rousso, Jennifer Harman, Kathy Liebert, and Annie Duke) and rightfully so. Though she only posts a few times a month, every post is worth reading.
#28: Hells Cold Day
As the domain name would suggest, this blog has a fun, quirky approach to the game, but also some very insightful tips and strategies. It’s practical poker advice in a game that’s anything but practical. Insightful blog categories include Poker Life Lessons, Rants & Ravings and Fun Game Variants.
#29: BankRoll Boost
BankRoll Boost is becoming one of the top poker blogs with posts about poker news, gossip and satire. The layout makes it easy to read, and the content is interesting and often newsworthy.
Card Player Lifestyle offers the latest news and information from online and live poker. This blog predominately has news on poker pros and the results of big tournaments and cash games, but you’ll also find videos of poker chip tricks and episodes of Poker After Dark and High Stakes Poker.
Clearly, there is a wealth of poker information on the web. From articles to videos, tips to strategy, poker blogs are helping anyone and everyone hone in on their skills and win money, whether online or in live tournaments.
In a way, the poker boom has just begun. With free blogging platforms like Blogspot and WordPress, even online amateurs can share their experiences and develop a following.
Take advantage of all this free advice and start reading some of the blogs I mentioned above.
Do you know of any other poker blogs that are worth reading?