Well, this just didnâ€™t go as planned. The idea was to make some solid picks mixed with some off-the-wall choices for 2009 World Series performances, with the results proving me to be somewhat of a genius. Whoops.
Some of my players have done well and could very well tear up the Main Event, but I could have possibly done better than, for example, picking my dentistâ€™s nephew. Hereâ€™s a little rundown of my eight players through the end of the preliminary events:
Daniel Negreanu – Clearly the best of the picks, Daniel had an excellent series, though possibly not by his own high standards. With eight cashes, two of which were in world championship events and two of which were final tables, he cashed for more than $330K in the series.
Bertrand â€œElkYâ€ Grospellier – One of the favorites in many player pools this year, ElkY cashed twice during the series but could not quite pull a final table. He did make the cover of Bluff Magazine, though, with the article written by fellow Frenchman Benjo.
Terrence Chan – He came into the WSOP with a hot online poker streak that simply didnâ€™t translate into WSOP bracelets, only walking away with one cash in the preliminary events.
Kara Scott – Besides being a talented and professional EPT hostess, the woman can play some poker as well. She played one preliminary event – a $1,500 NLHE – prior to the Main Event and cashed in 58th place.
Luca Pagano – My favorite Italian player did not cash. Viva Italia next year and all that.
Jonathan Dull – My dentistâ€™s nephew had one cash in a $1,500 NLHE event, but, well, I wonâ€™t have much to report to my dentist in July.
Dwyte Pilgrim – After 13 cashes in WSOP Circuit events over the past year, Dwyte ran cold at the WSOP in Vegas and wasnâ€™t able to cash in the prelims. But his record over the past year doesnâ€™t lie, so itâ€™s just a matter of time,
guy Iâ€™ve never met buddy.
Whit Blanton – Pokerati player Whit made a run at one event and didnâ€™t find his way to the money. But he still loves Pokerati, and isnâ€™t that what matters?
Bonus pick Mekhi Phifer – Ummm, where was he?
The Main Event is just kicking into gear, so at least one of my picks still has a chance to go deep. (Go Kara!)