Here are the final 9.
(And Congrats to Leo Margets, who was the woman who did the best at the 2009 main event.)
- Darvin Moon: being portrayed as the worst player
- Eric Buchman: New York poker pro.
- Steven Begleiter: helped to put you, me and the world in a recession. If he wins, there is no God.
- Jeff Shulman: his dad just won the WSOPE, so enough already.
- Kevin Schaffel: has ESPN shown him play one hand yet?
- Joseph Cada: did anyone card this kid? I think he asked me to buy him beer at the 7-11.
- Antoine Saout: the French Moneymaker? Uh oh, watch out, I think the French invented poker--pogue.
- James Akenhead: pro from London. He seems way too nice too win.
- Phil Ivey: the best player
I am rooting for Phil Ivey to win because it would be the best thing to happen to the game. A top pro winning would help to support legislation that is based on the fact that poker is a game of skill and not chance. (It would not make the two-faced NFL go away, and they will continue to pay off politicians to block legislation that allows online poker to be regulated and taxed.)
Ivey is the best poker player at the table, and maybe the world.
Ivey likes to be aggressive and control a table with his play. This may work in his favor since the tendency is to tighten up at the final table of the WSOP. Heck, I don't think I'd play a hand until it got down to 7 or 6 handed.
There are a number of poker pros at the final table. The difference between Ivey and another poker pro is not that great. It is not like comparing Barry Bonds against Marvin Bernard (although neither knew what that stuff was they were injecting into their body. =) It's more like comparing A-Rod and David Wright.
Phil Ivey has a 25% chance to win the main event. Which means he has a better probability of losing the event.
My pick: Eric Buchman. New York, New York.
What do you think?