Momentum is a huge force in poker. Whether it's a cash-game heater, a multi-event MTT streak or picking up where you left off at the 2009 WSOP, winners just seem to keep on winning.
With the 2010 WSOP just weeks away we're taking a look at the people who will be riding a wave of 2009 WSOP success into this year's Series.
There's only one choice for the first entry: Phil Ivey.
2009 was the summer of Phil, no question. Two bracelets and a Main Event final table tell the story, but only part of it.
Rumors about Ivey's epic bracelet bets were everywhere and even if we can't know the exact numbers, we've got a pretty good idea what the bets were all about.
At the beginning of the 2009 series he had a slew of straight-up bracelet bets. $200k per bracelet with Daniel Negreanu, big money with Howard Lederer and Doyle Brunson and who knows what else.
When he took down his first 2009 bracelet he won a lot of money, to put it simply. The sickest thing was that Ivey didn't stop there. Rumor has it he rolled over all those winnings and got odds against him winning a second bracelet in the next two weeks!
Think about how juicy that bet would be. All these guys who just lost six-figure amounts were being given a golden opportunity to wipe the slate clean. Winning two WSOP bracelets in two weeks is pretty ridiculous.
Nine days later he won another bracelet in the $2,500 Omaha/Stud Hi-Lo event.
With two bracelets and a sick, sick amount of money in prop-bet profits Ivey could have hung up his boots and spent the rest of the summer on the golf course. But then he wouldn't be Phil Ivey.
He went on to final table the year's biggest event, making a few huge prop bets along the way.
He reportedly stood to win $6 million in side bets if he had won. Andy Bloch bet him 99 to 1 on $20k for the win when there were 2,500 people left. He also had big bets with Tom Dwan, Gus Hansen and more.
In terms of a single year at the WSOP it doesn't get much bigger than that. And if anyone can capitalize on momentum, it's Phil Ivey.
We can only assume Ivey is lining up his 2010 WSOP bets as we speak. PokerListings.com is going to be on the ground in Las Vegas for every second of the 2010 World Series of Poker and we plan to keep a very close eye on Mr. Phil Ivey.
Keep an eye on our WSOP Live Coverage 2010 section to see it all unfold.