Friday, May 18, 2012 WSOPocalypse: Chainsaw Among Players to Watch at 2012 WSOP
Seidel: Right in the blast zone.
With the 2012 World Series of Poker just a week away, players and fans alike are placing their bets on who will have a stellar WSOP.
Not to be left out of the mix, we present our choices on who to watch at the 2012 WSOP.
And yes - we're serious about Chainsaw.
1) Shaun Deeb
Infamous online grinder Shaun Deeb had a fantastic 2011 WSOP, cashing six times and making the final table of the $2,500 10-Game mixed event.
While he has only one live cash in 2012, Deeb has been on a tear as of late winning three events in the PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker (SCOOP).
Deeb is considered by many to be one of the best players in poker without a bracelet and with the momentum he's built up lately, he may finally break through this year.
2) Viktor "Isildur1" Blom
Viktor Blom is finally living up to the hype that has surrounded him since he took durrrr to the cleaners a couple of years ago.
In January, he took down the $100k Super High Roller event at the PokerStars Caribbean adventure for $1.25 million and he recently took down two SCOOP titles to finally establish himself as a legitimate tournament threat.
Now that Isildur1 is showing that he can indeed close a tournament, the next step is to take down a WSOP title.
With his momentum built up during the SCOOP, he could very likely win his first bracelet this year.
3) Matt Stout
Matt Stout has cashed five times during each of the last two WSOPs including WSOP Europe. Last year, he finally made his first WSOP final table but failed to capitalize.
So far this year, Stout only has three live cashes but they've all been final tables. Stout is an online grinder that has shown steady improvement in his live play over the years and last year was his largest WSOP in regards to prize money won.
Should Stout continue to improve, do not be surprised to see him break through and claim his first bracelet.
4) Allen "Chainsaw" Kessler
Don't laugh. This very well may be the year that "Chainsaw" takes down his first bracelet.
The last two years, Kessler has had runner-up finishes in WSOP events. He finished 2nd in last year's $1,500 Pot-Limit Hold'em event after finishing runner-up in the Stud Hi-Lo world championship the year before.
While Kessler may be considered an uber-nit, he still finds a way to make it deep in events and at some point his luck will have to hold.
Also, consider the fact that this is 2012. The world is supposed to end in 2012. Also, it has been said that if Kessler wins a WSOP bracelet, it would bring on the Apocalypse.
The world was once destroyed by flood, and maybe now it will be destroyed by Chainsaw.