Back in 1998, T.J. Cloutier. Cloutier was grinding Ferguson down throughout and Ferguson soon realized he was not going to able to combat his opponent's style. Therefore, the only way he could prevail was to get it in with a big hand and hope that he could run good.
Eventually, this is exactly what happened as Ferguson would get it all-in with A-9 against Cloutier's A-Q, spiking a nine to make him the World Champion.
Since then, Ferguson has won three more bracelets (in addition to the one he'd garnered prior to becoming World Champion) and has become a staple of Sammy Farha. Moneymaker's story Jerry Yang. To say he's something of an enigma would be a massive understatement. He has only cashed in one tournament since that fabled victory, a small $1k event at Binion's in late 2007.
Other than that, Yang has almost dropped off the poker radar like no other winner before him. Therefore, it's very hard to add much more than that!
This year, it is extremely likely that Harrah's will be crowning a new champion, and what the poker world needs right now is a champion. With the UIGEA enforced and the presidential elections only around the corner, like it or not, the Main Event winner will essentially become the mouthpiece for poker in general.
Therefore it's vital that whoever wins the event recognize their responsibility to the poker world.
Because like it or not, whoever wins the Main Event this year will become the owner, not only of a beautiful bracelet, but also of one of the most powerful voices in poker, and you can never have too many articulate players defending the game they love.
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