Besides, isn't that what poker's all about? Get rich and make your old girlfriends jealous? Well, it could be if that's what you feel like using it for. I've yet to achieve such vindication but if the time should come I will be sure to revel in it.
My crystal ball forbids any inward projections. That's probably for the benefit of us all. Once more, I digress.
The clairvoyance of this read is off the charts. The vindication factor is big here. Buchman will come in motivated and with boisterous NYC style support. And as we've seen from the fate of poor young James Akenhead, intimidation goes along way when the pressure is on.
Look for Buchman to increase his hefty chip stack (34,800,000) early as smaller stacks will succumb to his Bronx style bullying and fold meagerly with shame. The first 2 hours will progress merrily. However, like toilet paper and other wonderful things, eventually it must all come to an end.
Just as a clueless tourist might wander aimlessly through the wrong end of town, the beguiled Frenchman at the table, Antoine Saout, will suck out on back-to-back monstrous pots that will ultimately send the American into a tailspin.
Thoughts of his bitter ex-girlfriend watching on TV, laughing at his misfortune, will induce rage. His tournament ends when his all-in shove with Ace-Jack suited is trumped by Joseph Cada's pocket Queens.
The Buch, it seems, stops here. Good run Eric.
Prediction: He enters 2nd and has payback on his mind. He leaves with 1.6 million reasons to feel pretty damn good about himself.
Eric Buchman Main Event WSOP 6th place finisher!
More WSOP 2009 November Nine Predictions: