Poker graphs make it very easy to discern a successful player. Here are four of the best:
Ronny Kaiser is the new Swiss kid on the block. After a couple of years travelling the Swiss and Austrian tournament circuit, the 21 year old Kaiser made his first big score at the EPT Tallinn earlier this month, finishing 1st for $395,740. Judging by his graph, its fair to say that Kaiser ploughed most of his winnings into his online poker bankroll. A remarkable month has seen "1-ronnyr3" rack up $1 million in profit. His best day came a few days ago, when he won $366,288. Kaiser continues to mix it up with the best on the PokerStars PLO tables, and could be one to watch for the future.
Phil Galfond is one of poker's most revered cash game pros. Even this impressive PTR graph doesn't do him justice - Galfond has illuminated the poker world with his masterful instructional videos and television commentary. His insightful analysis of Tom "durrrr" Dwan's heads-up battle against Ilari "Ziigmund" Sahamies and Marcello "LuckExpress" Marigliano in the Live durrrr Challenge was a treat for all poker aficionados. Galfond has recently moved to Canada in the wake of Black Friday, and has been enjoying success playing under the nickname "MrSweets28" on PokerStars.
A yo-yo graph from poker's favourite Swede. Isildur1 exploded onto the poker scene in November 2009 with all the aggression and tenacity of a 10th Century Viking raider. This graph may not account for Blom's years of dominance of the iPoker network under the nickname "Blom90", or his million dollar swings on Full Tilt Poker, but it still gives us an idea of Isildur1's rollercoaster career. Despite struggling to break even since his time on PokerStars, Isildur1 has illustrated his heads-up expertise by winning all but two of his "SuperStar Showdowns" against the game's elite.
Anonymous Russian "Scout326" has been gifted the rather unfortunate title of "worst online player ever" by several poker circles. Some say he is a degenerate Russian businessman. Regardless, his PTR rating is colder than Siberia. He has dropped over $3 million in 3 years, with seemingly no respite or purple patches. His only consolation was a first place in FTOPS XVI Event #2 in April 2010 for a prize of $89,031. It is fair to say that "Scout326" should stop feeding the high stakes sharks and find a new pastime.