Nobody Wants a Nobody For World Champion

7 August 2006, Created By: Erik Sylven
Nobody Wants a Nobody For World Champion asked some poker fans what they think about the action in the World Series of Poker (WSOP)Main Event so far. Very few were able to pick a world champion - all the famous pros have been knocked out. Many would have liked to see Phil Ivey still in there, and a majority also would like to see the H.O.R.S.E. take over as the world championship event.

These are the questions we asked:

1. Who do you think will win the Main Event?

2. What do you think about all the pros getting knocked out so soon?

3. Is there anyone you would have liked to go further?

4. Do you think the H.O.R.S.E. should be the World Championship Event instead?

Mikko from Finland

Mikko from Finland:

1. I have no idea.

2. I think that happens every time. It's just normal, and I don't think it has a special meaning.

3. Is Phil Ivey still playing? He isn't? Well, I like him.

4. Maybe the winner of the H.O.R.S.E. would be a better world champion, because there's a lot more luck involved in the Main Event.

D. Campbell from Seattle

D. Campbell from Seattle:

1. There isn't even any pros left. I think the youngest person in it, is going to win it.

2. Hey, if you got the best cards, you're going to win. It doesn't matter if you're a pro or not.

3. Phil Ivey. I'd like to see him win the big one.

4. I think so. That would be better.

Michael, New York:

1. It's not going to be any of the pros because there's none left. Otherwise it's way too early to tell since everybody have got such big stacks.

2. It's a big field. I mean, who can play in such a big field and expect to make it through? This isn't a tournament for a true test of the pro's abilities.

3. There are some good dynamic players that would be fun to see on television, like Mike Matusow.

4. As I said, this is not a tournament for a true test of the pro's skills. Maybe the H.O.R.S.E. event is better for that.

Nick from New York City

Nick from New York City:

1. It's anybody's guess right now. There are no pros left. But that's the way it is in a lottery like this, with 8,000 people.

2. It shows that there is a little bit luck involved in poker, even though it's a skill game, and that an amateur is going to get lucky once in a while.

3. No, anyone that can put up ten grand to win has the right to win it their own way. If they get the cards and have a little bit of luck, and a little bit of skill, they deserve to win it.

4. No, the H.O.R.S.E. is a good event, and fun to watch, but it shouldn't be the World Championship Event. If anything they should have made the Main Event the world's most expensive tournament with a $25,000 or $50,000 buy-in.

Ed from Denver:

1. Ken Jacobs.

2. It's pretty surprising actually. I don't know why that happened.

3. John Juanda, Phil Ivey, anybody with a good personality I like to see go further. Some nice guys.

4. Yes. I think there's more talent involved in playing five different games. There's is so much luck in all-in poker, in No-Limit poker, that you're going to lose a lot of pros right away, even though they're clearly more talented.

Sandra and Vincent from Toronto

Sandra and Vincent from Toronto:

1. Who's left? Probably some amateur will win, just a random Internet guy out of nowhere.

2. Poker is game of skill, but it's a game of luck as well. I think it's good for the game that anyone can become world champion. So many more people are interested in poker now, it's phenomenal.

3. Daniel Negreanu from Toronto, a Canadian boy. Maybe a few of the bad boys, like Phil Hellmuth. Maybe Doyle Brunson too.

4. It probably should be, just because that's a test of true poker skill. Then these random amateur guys wouldn't steal the show like they do now.



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