2010 WSOP Predictions
Women Will Not Walk Away With Three Bracelets
This view will likely get me blasted, but I do not side with the bigwigs at Harrah's that think that three women will walk away with WSOP bracelets. Granted, I think it would be funny as hell to see Mike Matusow streak down the Vegas strip naked, but I don't think it will happen. In fact, I think that women will walk away with two bracelets total, including the Women's Championship. (Which I still contend should not be a bracelet event.)
Neither Brunson nor Chan Will Catch Phil Hellmuth
I know that everyone would love to see Brunson and Chan catch Hellmuth, but that will not happen this year. I don't know if it will ever happen honestly. Chan does not play the volume of tournaments to really stay competitive and Doyle has begun to lose a step. My gut tells me that Brunson will have a somewhat lackluster WSOP and Chan may show some flashes of brilliance, but they will be flashes.
The Main Event Will Top 7,000 Players
I think that the Main Event has a good shot to top 7,000 players this year. Last year saw some shrinkage, but only due to the fact that people did not plan properly. Too many people tried to play Day 1D and as a result, many got shut out. Harrah's has taken steps to prevent this from happening again. As such, I think you will see over 7,000 players at the WSOP.
Two Phils Win Bracelets
I think that both Phil Hellmuth and Phil Ivey will win a bracelet this year. Hellmuth is due for his 12th bracelet in my opinion and I thought it would happen last year. I know that a lot of people like to consider him a joke, but Hellmuth is one of the best large field tournament players on the planet.
Ivey is simply the best that there is when he is motivated. Even Daniel Negreanu supported this claim when he said in his recent blog that if Ivey has side action going, he will actually try. Ivey will naturally have side action and I think we will see him win another bracelet.
More No-Name Champions Will Be Added
With numerous low buy-in NL Holdem events this year, Harrah's deemed this WSOP as the "Year of the No-Limits." What that will likely equate to is the "Year of a bunch of bracelet winners that nobody will recognize 3 years from now." If you don't believe me, go back to 2006 when there were numerous $1,500 NL events. I bet you don't even recognize half of the $1,500 NL winners. Expect the same this year.
Of course, as with any WSOP, anything can happen. A new up and coming player may have a breakout year or we may very well continue the trend of pros winning numerous bracelets. The 2010 WSOP kicks off on the 28th and continues through July 18th.
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