It's nearly here! The World Series of Poker is just a few weeks away and whether you are going or stuck at home in Blighty, you can still be a part of it thanks to Paddy Power Poker. The top poker room's sportsbook has released the betting markets on the big one this year and you could be making money from the main event without even leaving the house.
Lots of juicy markets are popping up, including 'To make the final table', 'number of entrants', 'top English player', 'top internet player' and 'age of the winner'. Obviously picking out a possible winner from thousands is near impossible, but these really are exciting and realistic markets to pony up some cash on.
In a move that typifies its punter-friendly approach, the bookmaker is offering a money-back special on the "To Make the Final Table" market; paddypower.com will refund all losing bets in this market if any Irish player reaches the final table. With frequent final table appearances by Irish poker players over the past 20 years, this special should prove particularly appealing to the punters.
A player over 51 is a 5-1 longshot to win according to the bookies, with players between 30 and 40 being the most likely winner. Players under 30 are between 11-2 and 9-2 and actually look a really good value bet, as they will make up a great part of the field and arguably will have the stamina to survive the long hours for two weeks at the tables.
A female to make the final looks a real longshot at 9-1 and an English player also seems less likely at 3-1 (Let's hope Vicky Coren at 200-1 gets there and wins two bets for us in one). Irish players are also at 9-1 which is long odds but still makes the potential refund they are giving a great value offer.
Roland De Wolfe and Ram Vaswani are joint English favourites to finish above their peers at 50-1. Neil Channing did well in this event last year and went on to dominate the UK circuit for the next 12 months, and at 66-1 looks a good bet. Last year's finalist Jon Kalmar is 80-1 to be top English dog again.
Phil Ivey, Gus Hansen, Patrik Antonius, Daniel Negreanu and Gavin Griffin are amongst the few players to be quoted at 100-1 to make the final table this year. Defending champion Jerry Yang is at 300-1 to repeat his feat again and Tony G and Doyle Brunson are both at 150-1.
We've scanned through the markets and picked out a few good value tips from our extensive knowledgebase of world poker. First of all, Pete Linton is great value at 100-1 to be the top English player in the main event. He is making lots of finals in big UK events at the moment and should carry that form into the big one. The age of winner market also is appealing and it is about time, in this age of whizzkid players, that a player under 30 takes down the big one. Finally, Stephen 'allinstevie' Devlin is a great bet at 28-1 to be the highest finishing Irish player if he can transfer his online form to the casino floor.
For all the odds and markets visit Paddy Power Poker.