Some readers may challenge my predictive integrity in this 9-part blog series stating that the results were rigged so as to enhance dramatic effect.
Conveniently slotting the champion in the last of the nine blogs was simply a matter of divine intervention and ethereal serendipity.
Myself, nor the ball of crystallized visions, should not have to bear the burden of scrutiny simply because Mr. Shulman's last name begins as late in the alphabet as it does.
It just happened this way. It's not like I chose to write it this way because he promised to (jokingly?) chuck the bracelet in the garbage (should he win). I mean, it's certainly more entertaining but as I said, I am but a mere vessel through which the future is told. My duty is simple and I challenge not what I cannot control.
So since we know what happens let's see how it shall transpire. Shulman carries a healthy chip stack with him into the final table. With over 19.5M he currently sits in 4th position.
In the previous prognostication detailing Kevin Schaffel's unfortunate 7th place finish, it was mentioned that Shulman would have good fortune against him. That was a slight understatement.
Within the first 90 minutes of play, Shulman will have two come-from-behind wins against Schaffel in the same orbit of play. One of the suckouts will be of the brutal runner-runner variety. It will be from these 2 huge pots that Shulman will see the light. A confidence he'd never previously experienced will smother him. Victory was just a matter of time.
But what about his promise to throw the bracelet in the garbage? Will he hold true to this bold claim? A buried memory of an old Interpol lyric will resurface from deep within his subconscious.
"But each night, I bury my love around you...
You're linked to my innocence
This is a concept
This is a bracelet
This isn't no intervention"
In an instance his disdain for what a WSOP bracelet represents will evaporate like dew off Vegas cacti. Well, not really. The change of heart won't last long. Reminded of how much he opposes the Harrah's bracelet ceremony, he'll save his biggest bluff for the last. Plus he never cared much for Interpol in the first place.
Feigning appreciation during Commissioner Jeffrey Pollack's presentation, Shulman will tomahawk throw the championship bracelet into the crowding mass of railbirds during the middle verse of the "Star-Spangled Banner" as it bellows through the loud speakers.
Chaotic madness will spill over into the lobby and nearby slot machines as security are undermanned and caught off guard. Thoroughly pleased with himself, Jeff Shulman quietly exits the premises with an $8.5 million grin from cheek to cheek.
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