My name actually goes back to when I was seven or eight years old, when I was the youngest original member of a hip hop crew called Intense Heat. We embraced the hip hop lifestyle completely, breaking, bombing graffiti and DJing. Even though this name has a strong, personal meaning for me going back to 1978, it was only by chance that I chose it as my poker name. I was creating my first poker account on SpadeClub, and trying to decide what I should use for my name, when I looked down at my open notebook and saw this.
It's funny how well it actually fits. One of my first online poker friends started calling me "Heat" for short, which caught on, and I have always been an intense individual.
While I like a good clever poker name, I think your name should be unique, and fit you as a person. However, you may not want to use a name that is too descriptive of your style of play. Names like "Sir Bluffalot" or "H.R. Bluffnstuff" might be clever, but you probably want to choose something else if you tend to bluff alot. I've actually been in hands where I was thinking that my opponent was full of bull, but that it might still be prudent to fold to his all-in river bet, when I noticed that the player's name was something like "Big Bluffer". So I called, and found out that the guy actually was a big bluffer.
You also might want to be careful not to open yourself up to ridicule by using a name like "BestPlayaEva" if you are, in fact, the worst player ever. I was chatting with a friend and mentioned this to her. "You're not that easily fooled?" she asked. "No, not fooled," I replied. "Maybe a little confused. Even conflicted". For instance, I was playing with a player named "DonkeyKilla" one night. After a ten minutes at the table with this guy, I wasn't sure if I should be focusing on taking his chips or trying to contact mental health professionals on his behalf. I couldn't help thinking this guy needed an intervention. I mean if this guy was truly a donkey killer, then he needed to be placed on suicide watch immediately.