21 Poker Personalities and the 12 Xmas Presents They’d Love

By Robbie Strazynski
December 25, 2014

A year ago, we had a little holiday fun here at the Cardplayer Lifestyle poker blog when we published: What Questions Did 21 Famous Poker Personalities Have for Santa Claus? That got us thinking about what Xmas presents some of the most well-known personalities in poker would want if given a carte blanche by Santa.

Santa Joe Stapleton

As it’s that special time of year again, we wanted to bring some more smiles to your faces, so we you hope enjoy this special post.

Norman Chad: 12 new ex-wife jokes or 12 more ex-wives to joke about

Allen Kessler: 12 more blind levels

Daniel Negreanu: 12 more re-buys

Ted Forrest: 12 rounds with Mike Matusow

Phil Hellmuth: 12 mirrors

Daniel Colman: A $12 million buy-in tournament attended by 12 people

Former WSOP Main Event Champion Robert Varkonyi: 12 people who remember

Antonio Esfandiari: 12 more fan letters like this

GPI’s Alex Dreyfus: To be ranked #12 on BLUFF’s Power 20

Jason Somerville: A 12-hour Twitch live stream of Jason Somerville talking in his sleep

The Moneymaker Effect author Eric Raskin: a 12,000-word oral history of the boxing match between ElkY and Lex Veldhuis

Olivier Busquet: 12 “I Love Israel” T-shirts

Gus Hansen: A time machine that takes you back 12 years

Mike McDonald: A 12-minute-long stare down with Amaya CEO David Baazov

William Pappaconstantinou (a.k.a. Billy Pappas): A 12-letter last name

Gavin Smith: 12 more beers

Jeff Gross: Selfies with everyone else on this list to climb 12 steps higher up the “famous via association” ladder

Phil Ivey: $12(.4) million from Crockfords

Curtis Rystadt: A copy of Hevad Khan’s A 12-Step Guide to 15 minutes of Poker Fame

Jean-Robert Bellande: 12 more months of relevance

Doyle Brunson: 12 more months Ed. Note: but of course we wish Doyle at least another 12 years 🙂

If you’re one of the poker personalities listed, thanks for being a good sport and taking it all in good fun. If the list gave you a good chuckle, spread some holiday cheer and share this with your families, friends, and followers.



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Robbie Strazynski

Robbie founded in 2009. A veteran member of the poker media corps, in addition to writing and video presenting, Robbie has hosted multiple poker podcasts over the years, including Top Pair, the Red Chip Poker Podcast, The Orbit, and the CardsChat Podcast. In 2019, Robbie translated the autobiography of Poker Hall of Famer Eli […]



Lol. Well done.


Thanks man 🙂 Glad you liked!

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