What a month it has been in Las Vegas for the Brits. By far and wide the best year by the UK in the World Series of Poker and for that matter, the best year by any non US Nation in the series (Just a shame Canada go and match us in the same year). 5 bracelets in a mix of poker disciplines and a string of high profile 2nd places and final table appearances. With that, we turn our attention to the big one.
The 2010 World Series of Poker Main Event begins today and never before has there been so much optimism for the Brits. Last year James Akenhead made his name by making the coveted final table and finishing in 9th place, could this year a UK player go one better? We certainly hope so.
Right now you can bet on the top finishing UK & Ireland player at BWIN and UK double bracelet winner Praz Bansi is the favourite at 19-1. Ram Vaswani, Roland De Wolfe, Julian Thew and Keith Hawkins are at 32-1 and Neil Channing is at 65-1. On Bet365 the odds on a non US main event champion have shortnerned and you can back a ‘Rest of the World’ winner at 7/4.
So who do we think you should be looking out for in the main event? Well we don’t want to go too obvious by simply naming all the current bracelet winners, but one name we really think has a shot is Sam Trickett. Not only has he already made a 2nd place finish but he bubbled the super tough $25,000 six handed event. He is getting deep in a lot of no limit events and after not even playing the main event last year following the Day 1D farce, he will be hungry.
There are a load of names we think are synonymous with the main event, Neil Channing has been deep before and you know he wants the bracelet bad. James Akenhead made waves last year by making the WSOPE final alongside the main event final and he will be looking to go one better this year. An old school name to watch out for is Julian Gardner, who always seems to go deep in the big one and he has already made one final this year.
Whatever happens, we expect deep finishes from the Brits this year because what we have proven over the last month is that there is a wealth of talent coming out of Great Britain despite our small numbers. You can watch all the action, play by play, via our WSOP Main Event Live Updates.
While you are watching our Live Updates you can win money for free. That’s because Pokerstars are kindly hosting a series of $2,000 PokerNews WSOP Reporting Freerolls when the main event gets deep on July 15, 16, and 17 at 19:05 EDT. To register for the freeroll you just need a PokerStars account and the password which will be released a few hours before the tournament is to begin.