Phil Hellmuth Jumps to #9 on Power 25

Las Vegas, NV, June 24, 2007 --( today announced the June rankings for Power 25, the comprehensive listing and ranking of the poker industry’s most influential personalities and organizations.

As they do every month ThePokerBiz staff spoke with numerous industry insiders, professional poker players, as well as fellow poker journalists to properly assess the ranking of each member of the list. With the industry’s focus on the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas there was no shortage of qualified opinions.

ThePokerBiz Power 25 is compromised of members of various segments within the poker industry such as online operators, land-based operators, politicians, professional poker players, publishers, journalists and others with a strong influence on the game of poker and the billion dollar industry built around it.

The #1 spot is still maintained by the WSOP with the World Poker Tour being a close second. The biggest move up the rankings this month came from Phil Hellmuth, fresh off of winning his record-breaking 11th WSOP bracelet, who jumped from #16 to #9.

“Hellmuth’s win certainly put him in the spotlight and the days following his victory he was all over mainstream media,” said Lance Bradley, Editor of “His ability at the table is the only thing that eclipses his ability to market himself and obviously that was taken into consideration with his move into the top ten.”

The single biggest drop was WSOP Commissioner Jeffrey Pollack. In May Pollack actually moved up the rankings to #4 but fell eight spots this month to #12. The drop can be largely attributed to a number of those polled removing Pollack’s name from the list entirely.

“There are a lot of the game’s top players disappointed with some of the operational aspects of this year’s WSOP,” said Bradley. “While the event itself still carries a lot of weight Pollack’s role as commissioner makes him the public face and some of those polled felt Pollack is at least partially to blame.”

The list of 25 is updated during the third week of each month and takes into account current events and the role each person or company plays in them. Industry insiders, including those who helped develop the original list, will be consulted for their input on the movement of each person or company.

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