With such a massive field, it's inevitable that every year all sorts of players make it deep: loudmouths, card racks, nits, professionals, and of course overzealous, hooting, fist-pumping amateurs.
Each year new icons of poker are made; some you love, some you hate. And some you really love to hate.
With the start of the ME today, it's time to pay tribute to a few players who have played the role of WSOP ME heel over the last few years.
Who will emerge as the defacto villain this year? We'll soon see. In the interim, these five reign supreme:
5) Dmitri Nobles
This upside-down visor wearer took the Main Event by storm in 2006. He had a mountain of chips and wasn't afraid to put them in the pot. He also wasn't afraid to run that mouth of his.
He went from being the chipleader, to almost out, to the chipleader and back seemingly all the time.
It could have been the aggressive play. Or it could have been that he was just, well, terrible.
In the end he talked and spewed his way out of the chip lead and couldn't recover, busting 76th.
Some of his finest work here:
4) Tony G etc, etc.
We don't have time for everybody, but feel free to post your favorite (least favorite) in the comments.
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