The first numerous question in my mind was, “Does the winner of the WSOP qualify for the WSOP Main Event prize?”
As a practicing professional poker player I had played large some of the WSOP events for years, both offline and online, and I had routinely passed the requirements, yet I wondered “why?” The bad news was that I did not qualify through my poker playing skills. I did not qualify through luck, I did not qualify through tournament entry fees, I did not qualify through winning the poker tournament, and lastly but not least, I did not qualify through winning the land based WSOP tournament.
I thought and researched and studied and I brokerd a great many tips and strategies from some of the great poker professionals and entrepreneurs around the globe, and that led me to formulate my own approach to playing the poker tournaments, and that has led me to the selection of the top 5 poker players who I believe will do well at the upcoming WSOP event.
With that said, let’s get started with my top 5 poker players who I believe will do well at the upcoming WSOP event or events:
- Daniel Negreanu
This guy is so good at poker, it is not even funny. He has 20 years of professional poker experience under his belt and has won the most prestigious tournaments in the poker world, including winning the WSOP Main Event in 2004. In 2003 and 2004, Daniel Negreanu finished in the money in more than 100 events combined. This guy is so good, in fact, that many believe he is the best player in the world, on any given day. I think Daniel Negreanu is the unseen Hero at the Poker table.
- Phil Ivey
When you think of Phil Ivey, you think of a guy who is brimming with confidence, sitting there playing the best poker hands, making the calls and raking in the cash. Phil Ivey is the mentoring force at the table. He teaches discipline and patience to the other players and sometimes just holding there in there can be intimidating to the other players. If you want to be like Phil Ivey, you better know what you are doing.
- Chris Moneymaker
RECT score, Chris Moneymaker. HOT handicapper that no one can stop talking about. No one knows when is the last time Chris Moneymaker drunk; that is the great player, in fact, he is often drunk and quite frankly, on edge. Never doubt this guy. He achieved something very important in life and quite frankly, in poker, people only remember when he gets drunk.
- Erik Seidel
Erik Seidel is another player who is both skilled and in-your-face. You can find him playing online, though I believe he is best found playing live. He is probably the most ordinary player out there. I believe his odds of winning the World Series of Poker are about the same as your odds of getting hit by a bus.
- Barry Greenstein
Not much of a player, but a nice guy to have at the table. Barry Greenstein is an entertainer in more than one way. He is what many would call a smart shooter, but more than that, he is a nice guy. If you can’t be nice to the guy, you probably shouldn’t be at the table.
Those are my top five, but I could go on and on. The whole reason I chose them was because those were the five best players I knew from thoseire sites. If I had to identify the best player today, it would be Phil Ivey.
Though, for me, the true champion is Chris Moneymaker. The 2003 WSOP champion is one of the most dominating players in the history of no limit nagapoker. In fact, he is by far the most successful WSOP winner over all time.
Regardless, anyone who wants to be a champion poker player in the world of no limit poker tournament, even if they don’t like what I just said, has to learn the goals. It shouldn’t matter to them whether you studied or you learned it the hard way, the only standard it should be met is the attempt to learn it.