10 Year Challenge: The Poker Edition

10 Year Challenge: The Poker Edition

10 Year Challenge - The Poker Edition

This week, the #10yearchallenge got real on social media. Thousands of people were posting pictures on Twitter and Instagram from 2009 and 2019 to show the difference. Poker players joined in on the action and we gathered a few to look at how they have changed. We also used our own database of pictures to gather some players.

Here we have Phil Ivey on the final table of the WSOP Main Event in 2009 and then a picture of Ivey with Daniel Cates, who posted this image on Tuesday:

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Ivey and I at "her" concert production

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And what to think about Antonio Esfandiari? First, we have a picture from the WSOP Main Event ten years ago and then a short video of his first NBA game on the 3rd of January:

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Jason Mercier has also changed a bit over the last ten years:

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And what about professional streamer Lex "RaSZi" Veldhuis‘virgutis’ data-zone=’pn2013:article728’>

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And last but not least, Phil Hellmuth:

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On Instagram, the following players posted the #10yearchallenge.

Max Steinberg:

Muskan Sethi:

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& she use to be the sweetest girl! #10yearchallenge

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Darren Elias:


Lynn Gilmartin:

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Jumping in on the #10yearchallenge has made me realize I’M IN MY TENTH YEAR on the poker circuit! 🙀 2009 was the year I started traveling and learning the game, and I have not stopped since. What a ride. My first @worldpokertour event was the Merit Cyprus Classic as a reporter for @pokernewsdotcom and I was blown away by how much fun we had on and off the felt. If you asked me back then what my dream job was, I would have told you it’s the one I have today as an official part of the WPT family. What started as a “let’s laugh at 24yo Lynn” post (the peroxide…🙅🏼‍♀️) has now turned into a gratitude-filled hour of reminiscing. To the people who have made my journey possible over the past 10 years (that includes you cos you’re here reading this), thank you. Thank you. Thank you. 🙏

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Josh Beckley:


2017 Main Event winner Scott Blumstein went a different route, showing a major change from one year ago – and an inspirational message to go with it.

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