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THE PANEL

RICH RYAN

ASK THE EXPERTS

Who’s going to win the bracelets and who’s going to end the 2014 World Series of Poker on top of the GPI rankings? We’ve assembled a panel of poker experts who have all the answers…

Senior Editor/Producer at PokerNews, co-host of the GPI Update Podcast TWITTER: @RichTRyan

Which Phil is most likely to land a WSOP bracelet in 2014? Hellmuth, Gruissem, Ivey or Galfond?

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LEE DAVY

2014 WSOP

Poker writer for CalvinAyre.com, PokerListings.com and many other sites TWITTER: @Chingster23

TONY DUNST

Host of the Raw Deal on WPT broadcasts, defending WPT Caribbean Champion TWITTER: @Bond_18

REMKO RINKEMA

Head of Content at iGaming.org, PokerNews Reporter TWITTER: @RemkoMedia

ERIC DANIS

GPI Editor, co-host of the PokerNews GPI Update Podcast TWITTER: @EricDanisPoker

RYAN: Ivey. DAVY: Hellmuth. DUNST: Hellmuth. RINKEMA: Ivey. DANIS: Ivey. MERCIER: Ivey. RYAN: This is the last year of a three-year bracelet bet for Ivey, and it means that he will be more focused than ever. The bad news is that it may also mean that this is the last year he plays a full WSOP schedule. DAVY: If I were a betting man then I would have to put my money on Phil Hellmuth. Gruissem and Galfond don’t play as many events as Ivey and Hellmuth. I’m going to take Hellmuth because he has a slightly better track record.

Which 2013 bracelet winner has the best shot at repeating in 2014?

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RYAN: Mike Gorodinsky. DAVY: Matthew Ashton. RINKEMA: Marco Johnson. DANIS: Matthew Ashton. MERCIER: Jesse Martin.

JASON MERCIER

Team PokerStars Pro, Season 4 EPT Sanremo Champion, two WSOP bracelets TWITTER: @JasonMercier

Johnson has the best shot at repeating. After three secondplace finishes in previous years, Johnson finally won one last year and that can only motivate him that much more this summer. Johnson, also known as CrazyMarco, plays all the games well and he’s one of the favorites in every event he enters.

RINKEMA: Looking at last year’s winners it stands out how many big names managed to take down events. I believe Marco

DANIS: Apart from his bracelet win, Matthew Ashton also picked up a second, a third and a seventh in non-hold’em events at last year’s Series.

Who is your ‘Player to Watch’ this WSOP?

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RYAN: Stephen Chidwick. DAVY: Simon Deadman. DUNST: Mukul Pahuja. RINKEMA: Mateusz Moolhuizen. DANIS: Eugene Katchalov. MERCIER: Marco Johnson. DAVY: I really believe Simon Deadman is going to go deep in a few events this year. Eugene Katchalov is going to do well, as is Mukul Pahuja, Griffin Benger and Blair Hinkle. MERCIER: Johnson got his first bracelet last year after a few second places, and I wouldn’t be surprised to see him win his second this summer.

Other than Ole Schemion, which ‘Young Gun’ do you feel could capture gold in Las Vegas this summer?

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RYAN: Jordan Westmorland. DAVY: Matthew Ashton and Stephen Chidwick. DUNST: Dan Smith. DANIS: Erwann Pecheux. MERCIER: Paul Volpe. RYAN: Although he’s already 24, this is Westmorland’s first WSOP. Look out. DANIS: I feel 2014 is going to be a breakout year at the WSOP for Parisian pro Erwann Pecheux. He’s played in the WSOP before, now it’s time for the 23-year-old pro to shine in Las Vegas! MERCIER: Paul Volpe has been learning the mixed games and I assume that he’s going to play a ton of events.

Last year was Canada’s year at the WSOP. Other than the US, what country do you feel will bring home the most hardware in 2014?

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RYAN: Russia. DAVY: UK. DUNST: UK. RINKEMA: Russia. DANIS: UK. MERCIER: Canada. DUNST: There are several talented UK tournament players and they have a tax treaty that prevents their winnings from being withheld. RINKEMA: The Russians are a confident bunch. They stick together, help each other out and play all the games spread at the WSOP. I’m not sure if Tony G can handle all the Russians this year – I think they’ll do well.

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