So what will it take for the pros we know and love (or Joseph Hachem came from relative obscurity to win poker's most coveted prize in 2005. What sets Hachem apart is his record - he is one of four players to have won both the WSOP Main Event and a WPT title, and has earned WSOP money six times, including two Hold'em final tables in 2006. Finally, unlike his two predecessors, Hachem paid his own way to the championship bracelet - the man does not mess around.
Chris "Jesus" Ferguson doesn't mess around either, (unless errant carrots need chopping) so he's our fifth choice to take a second Main Event win. A tournament specialist, Ferguson has five WSOP bracelets, with two in 2003 - when he also made three final tables.
In 2005, Ferguson made two final tables and finished in the money four times - three of which were No-Limit Hold'em events. The man likes to win - continuing to make the money twice in 2006 - there is little chance he will be quiet this year.
Chris Moneymaker has been a little quiet since causing an uproar with his famous 2003 Internet satellite qualification; but he is still a contender. From a second-place WPT finish to money results at the WSOP in 2005 (tenth place) and 2006, Moneymaker has proved himself more than capable of making it a second time.
Finally, what can one say about our seventh and final pick to grab a second piece of poker immortality, Jamie Gold? Called "the luckiest player the world has ever seen," Gold has proved himself in numerous tournaments at the L.A. Bicycle, Hustler and Hollywood Park Casinos. At the very least, Gold coasts into our top seven on the strength of his neighborhood (where he lives next to Chris Ferguson) and mentor, Johnny Chan.
Of course, all of these powerhouses of poker are likely to bust out on the first day of this year's Main Event - but isn't that part of why we love this game? Plus, their swift departure can only help the throngs of newcomers, like you for example.
So whether reporting on your imminent victory or the second coming of one of the above grandmasters, you can be sure PokerListings.com will be there for every hand of the 2007 WSOP.