A few months ago we got the email from Bluff Magazine asking us to participate in the voting process for the 2011 "Power 20".
Even though Bluff could have saved themselves a lot of time by just publishing our ballot as the final list, they brought in 101 voters, including online operators, land-based operators, agents and media.
A total of 195 different people received votes but, like some sort of Highlander for underachievers, there could be only 20!
We've got the final list below. Let us know what you think in the comment section at the bottom of the page.
#20 - Eric “sheets” Haber and Cliff “johnnybax” Josephy - Backers
#19 - Jim Ryan - CEO, PartyGaming
#18 - Steve “Chops” Preiss - Entity, Wicked Chops Poker
#17 - Lance Bradley - Editor in Chief, BLUFF Magazine
#16 - Phil Hellmuth - Poker’s Most Valuable Free Agent
#15 - Ray Bitar - Director, Pocket Kings LTD
#14 - Matt Savage - Executive Tour Director, World Poker Tour
#13 -Tony G - Owner, PokerNews
#12 - Tom Dwan - Player, Team Full Tilt
#11 - John Pappas - Executive Director, Poker Players Alliance
#10 - Doyle Brunson - The Godfather of Poker
#9 - Mori Eskandani - CEO, Poker PROductions
#8 - Mitch Garber - CEO, Caesars Interactive Entertainment
#7 - Daniel Negreanu - Player, Team PokerStars Pro
#6 - Phil Ivey - The World’s Best Poker Player
#5 - Brian Balsbaugh - Founder, Poker Royalty
#4 - Harry Reid - Senator, Nevada (D)
#3 - Ty Stewart - Vice President, Caesars Interactive Entertainment. Executive Director, World Series of Poker
#2 - Isai Scheinberg - Founder, PokerStars
#1 - Howard Lederer - Consultant, Pocket Kings Limited
Check out the list with blurbs on each person over at Bluff Magazine.