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WSOP Fantasy Pool

20 May 2010

The rules are the same as last year. Pick who you think will cash for more money at this years WSOP. You pick the most winners... you win! Simple as that. For all the information you need check out: www.fullcontactpoker.com/wsop/

There are a few rematches from last year, Durr vs Patrik Antonius as well as Eastgate vs Demidov, but for the most part pairings were designed based on last years totals and players were grouped accordingly.

Last year Phil Ivey and I both cashed for a bit over $300,000 (excluding the main event) so I'm paired with him this year, while the guy I was paired with last year, Phil Hellmuth will be paired with Erick Lindgren. Some of the more interesting matchups:

Isaac Haxton vs Justin Bonomo
Todd Brunson vs Doyle Brunson
Jennifer Harman vs Annie Duke
Elky vs Scotty Nguyen
Mike Matusow vs Humberto Brenes
Phil Laak vs Jennifer Tilly
Evelyn Ng vs Liz Lieu
Michael Mizrachi vs Rob Mizrachi
Phil Galfond vs Alan Kessler
Joe Cada vs Annette Oberstad
Vanessa Selbst vs Liv Boeree
Scott Seiver vs Faraz Jaka


It doesn't look like I'll be making any points side bets this year at the series. My goal is bracelets, and not points. I do have bracelet bets against Ivey and Durr, but other than that I don't have any real action as of yet and don't think I'll be making any bets. I honestly don't need the extra motivation to play the WSOP. By not making any points bets, that will allow me to cut back on events played and play a sane schedule mainly focusing on the big ones and taking days off when need be.

I sometimes really enjoy grinding. My current grind is a golf grind, but I think it's good preparation for the WSOP grind. It takes a lot of dedication to win this golf bet and no one really thinks I have a chance at all... except for me, and Christian.

I have about 10 days and I just need one 80 for the win. I shot 42-42=84 today and left a lot of shots out there. I'm really hoping I can put it all together tomorrow and win it with no sweat. I know I can do it. I checked my distances on my golf simulator and I've added 30 yards to my drives. That helps immensely with certain carry holes. Once I put it all together chipping and putting wise, I'm going to do it.

When I set my mind to do something I'm very capable of grinding and working really hard until I reach my goal. Right now it's the golf, but once May 28th rolls around I'll be doing everything I can to win a couple bracelets.



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