Saturday, July 05, 2008

Shuffle Up and Deal!


The 2008 World Series of Poker Main Event is underway, and the tenure of "Ambassador of Poker" Jerry Yang, who as far as I can tell did not do a thing for or with poker during his reign, is almost over. A friend and I have a gentleman's wager, a "last longer" bet for which name player will go deepest in the tournament.

My Team:

Men Nguyen
Phil Hellmuth
Chris Ferguson
Phil Ivey
Mike Matusow

His Team:

Greg Raymer
Johnny Chan
Allen Cunningham
Daniel Negreanu
Gus Hansen

I've taken an early lead as Raymer and Negreanu both made swift exits, but anything can happen. That's poker!

2 comments:

Rick said...

Your team is going down! I'm a little worried about Negreanu and Raymer being down already, but my key ingredient and x-factor is Gus Hansen. You can't explain why he wins; he just does. There's no defense against that.
It's funny how parallel our teams are. Our first picks are both kinda weird and random. Our 2nd picks are 10-bracelet-winners. Our 3rd picks are math wizard types. Our 4th picks and 5th picks are over-hyped and probably over-rated superstars. The only real difference is the great Dane's luck factor....

Craig Berger said...

I do think we've picked some sort of "natural poker enemies" in Negreanu vs. Matusow and Hellmuth vs. Chan. Who's the opposite number of Hansen? Perhaps David Sklansky? A thoughtful, tight methodical player who somehow never really seems to win?