With 2013 drawing to a close, here at Cardplayer Lifestyle we’re taking stock of what’s been an extraordinarily successful year for us. This year, we saw our overall traffic more than double from just under 2,000 unique monthly visitors to an average of 4,000. Part of that has to do with a number of well-known poker players and poker media personalities beginning to follow us on Twitter and share our content; we’re honored and thankful. We’ve also had the distinction of being named the #8 poker blog online (right behind the world’s largest poker media outlets). And of course we’ve ratcheted up production of new, exciting, engaging poker posts that keep our visitors coming back for more.
So, just like we did last year, we’ve compiled a list of our top 10 most successful articles of 2013:
1. 25 Bad Habits That Are Costing You Money at the Poker Tables
With a hat tip to one of our longtime contributors, Justin Butlion, we compiled an exhaustive list of tips to keep you from spewing money all over the poker table. This article was so popular it actually spent a couple days atop a Reddit forum!
2. On Phil Hellmuth’s 13 Bracelets and the 13 People He Follows on Twitter
Phil Hellmuth will always be one of the most influential people in the game. Though followed by legions of poker fans, the Poker Brat is very selective with whom he follows. At the time we wrote this article, he followed just 13 accounts on Twitter, which we noted was the same as the number of bracelets he’s won. Coincidence? Phil didn’t give his opinion but he clearly thought the idea was worth examining too.
Hmmm…–>RT @cardplayerlife Ever wonder why @phil_hellmuth follows only 13 people on Twitter? Here’s what I think https://t.co/6hRwgCtM7H
— phil_hellmuth (@phil_hellmuth) May 28, 2013
3. Interview with Daniel Negreanu’s Personal Assistant Patty Landis
Daniel Negreanu is the most popular player in poker (our favorite too!). He’s been interviewed countless times, but nobody had ever heard much from the unique perspective of his personal assistant Patty. She gave an amazing interview and has also been great to us all year. Two(!) Twitter mentions of this article by Daniel himself sure helped gain it some exposure.
I swear I didn’t pay @DnAssistant Patty to say all these nice things 🙂 https://t.co/gplNvWZxwU
— Daniel Negreanu (@RealKidPoker) February 20, 2013
4. What Questions Did 21 Famous Poker Personalities Have for Santa Claus?
Written a scant few days ago to mark the holiday season, this satirical article has enjoyed immense popularity and virality on the social networks. That’s thanks in no small part to the efforts of Tom Dwan and Chino Rheem, who were really good sports despite being caricatured. At the rate this one’s going, if it keeps on getting shared by more big-name poker pros, it might make the 2014 list as well!
5. Top 10 Poker Players with Middle Eastern Roots
This article might’ve possibly gained mainstream poker notoriety by accident. After we published the article and went to sleep for the night, it turns out that Josh Arieh began discussing the merits of our choices with his poker pro buddies on Twitter. Upon waking the following morning to see the discussion that had transpired, we did add an 11th player to the list as his omission was particularly glaring and he was certainly deserving of a spot.
6. Which How I Met Your Mother Character Is The Best Poker Player?
If I had to pick one post from 2013 to submit for a literary prize, I’d choose this one. Laced with subtlety, innuendo, inside jokes related to the TV series, and even a dollop of Shakespeare, this post took quite a while to compose but it was well worth it. As we say a fond farewell to How I Met Your Mother this year after 9 seasons, we bid adieu with a tribute to the cast’s poker prowess.
7. Top 10 WWE Superstars I’d Love to Play Poker With
Admittedly one of the more enjoyable articles to write this year was this cross-genre gem where, for the first time, I openly revealed my love for professional wrestling. Of course, I did so in the most “pokery” way possible. So well-received was this article that I had to follow it up with another one about WWE superstars I’d hate to play poker with.
8. 2013 November Nine Interview with Amir Lehavot
Our scoop of the year was snagging the first written interview with 2013 November Niner Amir Lehavot. Amir was kind enough to give us a few minutes of his time and answer a number of wide-ranging questions about himself and his experiences leading up to the final table. The interview was subsequently cited as a primary source in a number of online poker publications as well as in many Israeli press outlets. We were even contacted by an Israeli TV station for further info about him!
9. Where the Hell Is Chris Ferguson?
It’s been well over 2.5 years since Black Friday and STILL, nobody knows where Chris “Jesus” Ferguson is. Until he finally reappears in public, we wouldn’t be surprised to keep on getting traffic from this article. People are still “searching for Jesus” aplenty on Google… In any event, sorry guys, we wish we knew the answer…
10. Daniel Negreanu Matching Up To $50,000 in Charity Poker Donations for St. Jude’s
We’ve always been big fans of charity poker here at Cardplayer Lifestyle. So when Daniel Negreanu led a call for poker players and fans of the game to make charitable donations, we were the first to heed it and try to spread the word. Daniel, once again, was kind enough to share our article with the world… the rest took care of itself and close to $200,000 ended up being raised.
*Bonus: Top Poker Page of 2013: Poker Notes Live App
In addition to all our articles, we’ve also got a number of top-rate standalone poker pages on our site. For the second year running, the most popular page has been the Poker Notes Live page, and here’s why:
The Poker Notes Live mobile app is a game changing poker tool that allows you to take notes on your opponents while playing live poker. Over the course of the year we’ve optimized the app for both Smartphones and tablets, as well as for both the Android and iOS platforms. We’ve also added a number of unique features as well as functionality in almost a dozen languages.
Knowing that it’s a challenge to get live poker players to start taking notes in the first place, we’ve also switched to a freemium model – with no ads! This allows everyone to give the free version a try and then move to the full-featured Premium version once they’re ready. (We encourage you to take advantage of our 20% off Holiday sale on the Premium app; offer ends soon!)
What To Expect Next Year
In a word: more. Having started this poker blog over 4 years ago, I realize there’s a direct correlation between the amount of time and effort I put into this site and the amount of content created on the one hand to the size and engagement of our audience on the other. It’s incredibly motivating to see how we’ve grown our Cardplayer Lifestyle community, with more and more of you coming back as return visitors and also sharing our top posts with your friends.
Moreover, as mentioned at the outset, one of this year’s standout “achievements” for us was forging great bonds with a number of wonderful poker people via Twitter. We intend to keep strengthening those bonds as well as reaching out and growing our network to continue making Cardplayer Lifestyle the go-to news and information resource for recreational poker players and fans.
So, expect more great things from us next year and we look forward to serving up even more awesome poker content for you to enjoy. Happy New Year!
What was your favorite poker blog article on our site this past year? Did your favorite article from 2013 not make our list? Let us know on our Facebook page or in the comments section below.