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2014 WSOP | PREVIEW

BIGGER ISN’T ALWAYS BETTER AT THE WSOP

Unless you’re Phil Hellmuth it’s not easy to navigate huge fields. You might be better off looking to the leftfield…

W former WSOP Q Which Main Event champion would you pick to repeat as World Champion now?

DUNST: Moneymaker, because he’s a really nice guy and it’s definitely the best story in poker. After him I’d take Duhamel because he’d have the most fun with the money.

Ole Schemion, Vanessa Selbst, Scott Seiver, Jason Mercier, Marvin Rettenmaier or the field. Who will be ranked #1 on the GPI when the final hand is dealt on July 14?

MERCIER: Greg Merson, because he’s one of the best poker players who has ever won the WSOP Main Event.

RYAN: Mercier. DAVY: Selbst. RINKEMA: Mercier. DANIS: Selbst. MERCIER: Schemion.

Who wins the Big One for One Drop; who wins the $50k Poker Players Championship and who makes this year’s November Nine?

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RYAN: Ole Schemion, Mike Leah and Jennifer Shahade. DAVY: Philipp Gruissem, Stephen Chidwick and Blair Hinkle.

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RYAN: Jason Mercier. It’s a complete gut call though. DAVY: I think Selbst will take it. RINKEMA: I think Jason Mercier will play the biggest slate of tournaments in this group and he’s the best mixed game player on the list. This gives him an edge for me, albeit a small one.

#43 2-7 Draw Lowball (No limit) 2013 Buy-In $10,000 2013 Field Size 87 2014 Equivalent #13 2014 Buy-In $10,000 #55 Poker Player’s Championship 2013 Buy-In $50,000 2013 Field Size 132 2014 Equivalent #46 2014 Buy-In $50,000 #16 Heads-Up - No Limit Hold ‘Em 2013 Buy-In $10,000 2013 Field Size 162 2014 Equivalent #40 2014 Buy-In $10,000

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RYAN: Greg Merson. DAVY: Jonathan Duhamel. DUNST: Chris Moneymaker. RINKEMA: Jonathan Duhamel. DANIS: Jonathan Duhamel. MERCIER: Greg Merson.

DUNST: Philipp Gruissem, Philipp Gruissem and Philipp Gruissem. He wins everything! RINKEMA: Jason Mercier, Daniel Negreanu and Matt Affleck. DANIS: Philipp Gruissem, Mike Leah and Vanessa Selbst. MERCIER: Philipp Gruissem, Jason Mercier and Mohsin Charania.

inning a World Series of Poker bracelet is a dream nearly every poker player shares. Whether they’re amateur players frequenting a home game or pros dedicated to the live tournament grind, any player that spends enough time around the game almost inevitably begins to set their hopes towards glory at the WSOP. Most take their shot at the WSOP’s largest fields – the Main Event and (relatively) low buy-in no-limit hold’em events – to chase glory. But for those with a more eclectic poker background (and the right bankroll) there are dozens of tournament options every year where gold bracelet glory lies at the end of a field of hundreds rather than thousands of competitors. We’re not saying these tournaments offer the best odds of winning a bracelet – higher buy-ins, more obscure game types and stiffer competition make things tough – but the advantage of having to dodge a few hundred sharks and landmines versus a few thousand can’t hurt. With that in mind, these are our best bets for small field sizes at the 2014 WSOP.

#47 One Drop High Roller - No Limit Hold ‘Em 2013 Buy-In $111,111 2013 Field Size 166 2014 Equivalent #57 2014 Buy-In $1,111,111 #37 Limit Hold-em 2013 Buy-In $5,000 2013 Field Size 170 2014 Equivalent #43 & #52 2014 BUYIN $1,500/ $10,000 #52 -No Limit Hold ‘Em - Six-handed 2013 Buy-In $25,000 2013 Field Size 175 2014 Equivalent #32 2014 Buy-In $10,000 #19 Pot-Limit Hold ‘Em 2013 Buy-In $5,000 2013 Field Size 195 2014 Equivalent #12 & #28 2014 Buy-In $1,500/ $10,000 #13 Seven Card Stud Hi-Low Split 8 or Better 2013 Buy-In $5,000 2013 Field Size 210 2014 Equivalent #38 2014 Buy-In $10,000 #25 Omaha Hi-Low 2013 Buy-In $5,000 2013 Field Size 241 2014 Equivalent #42 2014 Buy-In $5,000 #23 Seven Card Stud 2013 Buy-In $2,500 2013 Field Size 246 2014 Equivalent #34 2014 Buy-In $1,500 #29 H.O.R.S.E. 2013 Buy-In $5,000 2013 Field Size 261 2014 Equivalent #22 & #27 2014 Buy-Ins $10,000/$1,500 #59 2-7 Triple Draw Lowball (Limit) 2013 Buy-In $2,500 2013 Field Size 282 2014 Equivalent #16 2014 Buy-In $1,500 #33 Seven Card Razz 2013 Buy-In $2,500 2013 Field Size 301 2014 Equivalent #7 2014 Buy-In $1,500

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