BLUFF Magazine released it’s 2012 Power 20 last week.
Not surprisingly, it looked a lot different than the 2011 version.
A total of 11 new names appeared this year. Topping the list is the man that should’ve topped it last year, PokerStars founder Isai Scheinberg.
There was some surprise within the industry that Scheinberg ended up #1 given that he’s currently indicted by the U.S. government. However, Scheinberg still heads what is by far and away the largest real money poker room in the world. He spends the most. And we argue he influences the most on an individual level. It’s a fair choice.
Bwin.party co-CEO Jim Ryan was #2. Ryan topped our Wicked Chops Insider post-Black Friday Power 20 (view here) and was number one on our personal ballot (Scheinberg was second).
The biggest surprises on the list include Zynga CEO Mark Pincus at #10 (we agree), PokerStrategy CEO Dominik Kofert at #12 (should’ve been way higher), Rep. Joe Barton at #16 (we don’t think he should be on, ultimately would be who gets online poker Federally legislated), Rep. Jon Kyl at #17 (way more likely to get online poker Federally legislated), Annie Duke at #18 (should’ve been Michael Brodsky if putting on an Epic rep), and Virginia Seitz at #20 (not quite top 20 material).
Also of note, Daniel Negreanu (#9) and Brian Balsbaugh (#13) are the only two people (Balsbaugh through Poker Royalty) that have appeared on the Power 20 every year of its existence (although you could say Scheinberg as well, via PokerStars).
Read the full list on BLUFF here.