Although I don't know who will win the Main Event (if I did I'd be in the process of placing some very large bets right now), I do know that whoever does win, it will have lasting implications for the entire poker industry.
The winning player will likely fall into one of two categories: professional or amateur. For some time now amateurs have been ruling the event that used to be the last bastion of the professional poker player.
Some would argue that you have to go back as far as 2001, when Jerry Yang has been essentially invisible in the poker world, and it's hard to blame him for it. It's more than likely he knows he got a little lucky winning the thing and that he has no intention of donating it all back to the poker industry.
I believe Joe Sebok once said Yang (or any Main Event winner) has no obligation to the poker world and can simply be content with luckboxing his way to the biggest prize in poker. It's tough to argue with that logic.
Nevertheless Yang's ironic status as a religious person and gambling icon seems self-contradictory, and it was difficult to sell the game of poker to anyone based on his achievement. At the very least it's important to have someone who enjoys the game of poker.
So getting back to the main issue about will win, here's the most likely outcome: The final table will have approximately two or three pros who may or may not be big-name ones. The rest of the final table will be made up of amateurs.
It seems likely that after the last few years of near misses, a pro might be able to get something going with a little luck.
There is, however, one big obstacle for the pros at the final table. This is the first year the final table will be delayed for three months, which means the amateur players will likely get all kinds of coaching before the table is played out. The pros' edge at the final table may, in fact, be negligible by the time the final nine meet.
I definitely can't say who will win the Main Event, but that's not going to stop me and every person in the poker industry from speculating on the eventual winner right up until the last card is dealt.
Good thing we all have to wait until November to find out.