The World Series of Poker Main Event finale table begins October 30 at the Rio in Las Vegas and the betting lines have now been released by PokerStars.
The $8 million first place prize along with being crowned 2016 world champion and the famous gold bracelot is on stake for the nine remaining players.
Cliff ‘JohnnyBax’ Josephy is the overwhelming favorite (7/4) and this shouldn’t come to anyone’s surprise. He’s the most experienced player and heads into the final table as the chip leader.
Although ‘JohnnyBax’ is more known for his online prowess, he performed as well in live poker tournaments. The 51- year old is an old school poker pro.
If the cards don’t cooperate, the chip lead and experience means nothing in poker, as most realize in the poker world. At the Rio, the largest cheering section will be most likely for Josephy.
At the table he is however not the only poker player with some talent. The second most likely player to win is a San Francisco resident, Gordon Vayo (9/2 odds). This is what PokerStars’ sports betting site, BetStars, predicts.
In July, Vayo, already guaranteed at least $1 million, like all other November Niners. After this he won another $587,120 in the $2,500 buy-in River Series Main Event where took the first place. With the third largest stack, he’ll start the final table with 49,375,000 chips. In live tournament winnings, the 27-year old already earned $2.5 million throughout his career. This summer he cashed in eight of 21 bracelet events.
In the Race
The third most likely player to win is Kenny Hallaert with the fourth-largest stack (43,325,000). The Belgian will begin at the final table for the second straight year. Hallaert is 5/1 to win. Qui Nguyen begins the final table with 11/2 odds, despite his large chip stack.
“Qui Nguyen checks in at 11/2 odds. Only Josephy has a larger stack (67,925,000). Despite his large chip stack, the 39-year old Las Vegas resident isn’t getting much love from the sports books, due to his lack of tournament experience.”
Meanwhile, the lead commentator for the Global Poker League, Griffin Benger, has left his position to prepare fully for the Main Event. He checks in at 15/2 odds and hopes to win his first WSOP bracelet ever with his impressive skills.
Good luck, guys!