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2010 WSOP Best Bets: Negreanu's Picks
Last year, PokerListings picked its best bets to win a World Series of Poker bracelet and revealed them to the public in advance of the series.
Out of five picks, our very own blogger Jason Mercier managed to win his first of what is sure to be many bracelets to come.
However, our other four choices were shut out.
This year, after deciding one isn't nearly enough, we have chosen a line-up sure to be bringing home the bling from Las Vegas this summer.
Erica Schoenberg has been working on her game, so we made her our third pick and considering he's made a WPT and two WSOP Circuit final tables over the past 12 months, PokerListings' blogger Matt "Allinat420" Stout made it easy to make him our fourth choice.
Finally, since she'll finally be allowed to play in Las Vegas this year, 21-year-old Annette Obrestad was our fifth and final pick.
But since it would be no fun picking five players to win a bracelet without a little competition, we decided to let Negreanu pick his own 2010 WSOP Best Bets as well.
His first pick might shock you.
"Can I pick myself?" Negreanu asked. "Alright, then I'll start with me, because I'm going to play a lot of tournaments.
"The key is I'm good at all the games where the short fields are going to be, split-pot games, stud games and all that kind of thing. So I'm a good bet."
Next up, Negreanu chose the man who has just a slight edge on him at the top of live tournament poker's all time money winner's list - The legendary Phil Ivey.
"If Ivey has side action he's a good pick too," Negreanu explained. "He's good at all that stuff. He's the best at it.
"If he has the side action he's a good bet, if he doesn't he's not. It's just that simple. Without the side action he just doesn't try as hard. I mean, he'll always be a good bet in the Main Event, but that's the hardest to win."
His third pick is a former WSOP Main Event champion running well heading into the WSOP after booking his third World Poker Tour win earlier this year.
"It'll depend a little bit on how many events he plays, but Carlos Mortensen is my next pick," Negreanu said.
"Right now he's really hot and he hasn't won another bracelet since his Main Event. He used to be just a $10k buy-in guy, but if he plays all the tournaments this year, Carlos will win at least one."
After a bracelet win in 2008, Negreanu's next pick was shut out last year.
However, Scott Seiver will go into the 2010 WSOP on a heater, having made fourth in the both the NAPT's inaugural High Roller Bounty Shootout and the Mohegan Sun main event, sandwiched around a win at the L.A. Poker Classic's $25k High Roller.
"Seiver is also really hot," said Negreanu. "I don't know if he knows the other games yet, but if he plays all the No-Limit events, and I think he will, he's a really good bet to win a bracelet."
Finally, Negreanu picked a player who has made a final table at the WSOP each of the last three years, but has yet to book his first bracelet win.
"I know he plays a lot of the mixed games, I don't know if he really plays them all that well because I haven't played with him, but that's Justin Bonomo," Negreanu explained. "The thing with picking people to win bracelets is you want to pick people who really want to win them and I know Justin does.
"People that care about money and equity and all that, they don't care about winning bracelets. There are people that just want to win bracelets and these guys, for all of them, I know that's a big deal."
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