I put all my chips on Dario Minieri to win it big this year, and as of this afternoon at approximate 1300 hours, an all-in on a flush draw destroyed my hopes.
Yes, the scarf-wearing, Porsche-driving, super-aggressive poker Italiano has gone home because he just didn't get good cards. That really is the reason. Because he'll play any cards, and these ones were just no good.
So that means I must pick some new hopefuls if I am to stay in the game of Poker Roulette. The first time I went for a wildcard, so this time I'm gonna base my predictions on something else: Who has the best hair. Ah, just kidding.
First, let's start with the former World Champions. I always enjoy following these guys during the days, as they have the "been there, done that" status that seems to make them a bit more laid-back when they play. But it also makes them want something else: A reclamation of glory.
We started off the day with two World Champions standing. Alex Kravchenko
He's won a bracelet this year already, and he can be seen very often in the final stages of the events he plays. This guy looks serious, plays serious, and he's serious competition.
Alex Kravchenko came into the game today with about $2.3 million in chips, and is up to $3,030,000. He doesn't look like he's going anywhere, and we're happy about that. Though he doesn't speak much English, he's a dear to interview and very personable. Even if he looks like a Russian mobster.
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So there are my top five picks for the 2007 WSOP Main Event. Don't let me down, guys, not like Dario did. Play well, play hard. Make me some money. (Kidding again, I have no money on any of them…)