2010 Main Event Predictions by Compncards
The 2010 World Series of Poker Main Event kicks off today and I figured I would take a few moments and make some predictions regarding the "Granddaddy of them all."
Joe Cada Will Not Repeat - Or Cash
Joe Cada has had an abysmal 2010 so far at the WSOP. He is 0 for the WSOP going into the Main Event. Maybe the pressure of being the World Champion is too much for him.
Perhaps he is just running bad. In either event, I don't see him making a deep run in this one. Better luck next year Joe.
Phil Hellmuth Makes Another Deep Run
Phil Hellmuth has had a rather lackluster WSOP in comparison to prior years, but he still has a 15th- and 7th-place finish this year.
He has cashed in the past two Main Events, including a 45th-place run in 2008. Don't forget that Hellmuth has one final table and one final-table bubble on the WPT this year.
As such, he is beginning to prove that he can still play in any tournament condition. Is this the year he wins his 2nd Main Event? Probably not.
However, if he can somehow make the final table, expect ratings to go up.
Total Field Size for Main Event = 7000
The field for the 2009 Main Event was 6,494 playes, and that was after Day 1D was sold out and as many as 500 players were shut out of the event.
This year, Day 1D has already been filled and the other players spread out over the other three days. I predict around 7,000 players for the Main Event and maybe as many as 7,300.
A Big Name Female Pro Will Go Deep
The "Year of the Woman" has not quite lived up to the hype, but that doesn't mean that a woman cannot make a deep run in this event.
Some that I think are poised to make deep runs in this event are Liv Boeree, Vanessa Rousso, Jennifer Harman, Kathy Liebert, Vanessa Selbst, and Annie Duke.
While I am not coming out with a definite pick on this one, my gut tells me we are going to have a big name female pro go deep. By big name female, I mean one with legitimate history in playing poker and not a model or former reality show contestant.
Phil Ivey Will Not Make the Final Table
Sorry Norman Chad, but we will not have a repeat performance at the final table by Phil Ivey. Ivey has played well this year and even took down his 8th bracelet, but his play has not been dominating as it was even last year.
Granted, Phil may prove me wrong, and I hope he does. However, I don't see him making a repeat final-table run.
Ratings Will Plummet for the November Nine
It's going to take nothing short of a superstar name like Daniel Negreanu making the final table with the chip lead to keep ratings from plummeting this year.
If Phil Ivey making the final table could not raise ratings, what makes one think that a table of virtual no-names will increase ratings? If my prediction turns out to be true, we may see the November Nine concept nixed after this year.
Of course there is a lot of poker left to be played and anything can happen. The Main Event will continue over the next couple of weeks and stay tuned to PokerJunkie.com as we bring you coverage and recaps from the 2010 World Series of Poker Main Event.