By the time this article goes live, the dealers at the 2013 World Series of Poker will have been told to shuffle up and deal and the biggest and richest live poker festival in the world will have begun.
Hundreds of British hopefuls, some professional poker players, some merely keen recreational player will be in Las Vegas competing for poker’s most coveted non-monetary prize – the WSOP bracelet. At the 2013 WSOP there will be 62 bracelets awarded and here is UK & Ireland PokerNews’ thoughts on which of our players stand the best chance of bringing home some poker jewellery.
We would be stupid not to include the player who has the most online poker tournament winnings of any player, ever. Chris Moorman has over $9,500,000 in tracked online tournament winnings and almost $2,900,000 in the live arena.
At the 2011 WSOP, Moorman came close to winning a bracelet twice. He finished third in the $2,500 No Limit Hold’em Six Handed event and then as runner-up to Joe Ebanks in the $10,000 No Limit Hold’em Six Handed Championship. Later that year, Moorman came second in the WSOP Europe Main Event to complete a hattrick of near misses.
The 2013 WSOP is the festival that Moorman will stop being a bridesmaid and get his hands on some poker bling. Mark our words.
Toby Lewis won a European Poker Tour title back in 2010 when he defeated a star-studded tournament at EPT Vilamoura. Now it is time for him to add a WSOP title to his already impressive poker CV.
Lewis has had some decent results so far in 2013, namely a sixth place finish in the World Poker Tour L.A. Poker Classic and more recently a fifth place finish in the EPT Grand Final High Roller.
His deepest run in a WSOP event came in 2011 when he busted in 11th place on the $10,000 Pot Limit Hold’em Championship, but we reckon he will go the distance at this year’s WSOP and win a bracelet. We just have a hunch that Lewis is more focussed on winning a bracelet than ever before and maybe now he will be sporting an Ivey Poker patch some of the Phil Ivey’s run-good can rub off on Lewis.
The man from Winchester who calls himself “NigDawG” online is one of the best poker talents this country has to offer. With over $3,200,000 in online winnings and just shy of $990,000 in the live arena, Brammer is one of the most profitable players too.
Had it not been for some terrible luck at key stages of some major live events Brammer would have at least one major title to his name. At last year’s WSOP, Brammer finished fifth in the $10,000 No Limit Hold’em Six-Handed Championship (the one Moorman finished second in) and followed that fifth place finish up with an identical one in the €10,000 Main Event of the WSOPE (again, the one Moorman finished second in).
Is this Brammer’s year? We think it could well be.
Jon Spinks may not be a household name in the live poker arena, but anyone in the know realises that Spinks is a massive poker talent. Despite often shying away from high variance high buy-in live events in order to continue crushing online poker tournament, Spinks still has more than $650,000 in live tournament winnings.
Spinks is not only a fearsome No Limit Hold’em player but is also adept in a variety of other games too, which should help in his quest for some gold. Don’t be fooled by the fact Spinks likes to “get it quietly” as they say, underneath all that is one of the best poker players in the country.
Whenever we have asked the top UK players who they think the best up-and-coming player is or the player who is most likely to have a huge score in the near future most say the name of Rhys “floppinhel” Jones.
Online, Jones has amassed tournament winnings in excess of $1,700,000. Jones’ live tournament winnings top the scales at just over $295,000. A large percentage of the percentage fof winnings have come in the past couple of months when Jones finished fourth in a €2,000 side event at EPT Berlin and then fourth in the €1,000 Monaco Cup at the EPT Grand Final. Those two results were worth €72,150 and will have filled him with confidence going into the 2013 WSOP.
We could easily fill another 10 articles with players who we believe can win a bracelet, but have run out of time! Don’t be too disheartened if your name did not make this particular list, we still love you. Lots. And hope to be doing a few shoes bombs by the tme the proverbial fat lady sings at in Las Vegas.