Sebok picks PokerRoad's WSOP Best Bets

Joe Sebok
How many bracelets this year, Seebs?

It's going to be a good summer for Joe Sebok and the PokerRoad crew.

Seebs is bringing his gang of larger-than-life poker personalities back to the Rio Casino for the 40th Annual World Series of Poker and the PokerRoad president couldn't be more excited.

"The WSOP this year is going to be pure chaos," he told "Fun chaos, yummy chaos, like cotton-candy chaos, but chaos nonetheless. Be looking for 'PokerRoad Nation' to take the WSOP by storm."

Sebok founded PokerRoad in 2007 and the site has quickly become an essential bookmark for the hardcore poker fan.

Best-known for its namesake radio show, PokerRoad provides an entertaining and irreverent look inside the poker industry through a variety of multimedia forms.

This year, PokerListings and Poker Road are teaming up to provide poker fans with an all-access path into the poker lifestyle at the WSOP.

The agreement will see a PokerRoad presence on in the form of strategy videos and preview articles and will put the reporting team on PokerRoad radio in a weekly spot alongside Sebok, Gavin Smith and back-for-WSOP host Joe "Stapes" Stapleton.

"I couldn't be more fired up about the PokerRoad/PokerListings relationship that we're going to form this summer at the Rio," Sebok said.

"It's two awesome sites coming together to strengthen what really matters most: the experience for our users. I just hope you guys can hang with PokerRoad!"

To kick off the summer, Sebok agreed to provide his take on the "Best Bets" to take the Series by storm this summer:

Daniel O'Brien
O'Brien: so hot right now.

Dan O'Brien

"I have a feeling this kid is going to bust out in a big way," Sebok said of O'Brien, a protégé of PokerListings blogger Jason Mercier who went deep in WPT events in Los Angeles and San Jose earlier this spring before taking 4th for $82,573 in a €5,000 event at the EPT Grand Final in Monte Carlo.

"He's an awesome player who has already been making some noise on the tournament scene, so get ready for a BIG breakout.

"He can't beat me at racquetball, but he's tough on me on the felt!"

Jimmy Fricke
Do the Gobbo dance!

Jimmy Fricke

"You know him. You love him. He's going to be a beast at this year's WSOP, you'll see," said Seebs.

Gobboboy is best known in live circles for his second-place finish at the 2007 Aussie Millions, but the MTT wizard took first in a Bellagio Cup prelim for $443,155 last summer and is due for an even bigger summer in Vegas this time around.

"As well, he's going to be guest-hosting on PokerRoad Radio on Saturdays for the 'B-Team Special Shows,'" Sebok said.

Isaac Haxton

In early 2008, Sebok and Haxton feuded publicly after Sebok criticized some of Haxton's play on air.

Isaac Haxton
Ike: Full circle.

The 2007 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure runner-up responded by accusing the Cub of not being able to understand the mathematical side of poker and the beef was on.

Those days are over, says Sebok.

"The feud is over!" he told PokerListings. "It's all love with Ike and myself and I have a feeling he might be adding a little hardware to his wrist this summer.

"Yep, I think he might just lock that down...whether or not he really understands how to use math in poker."

Annie Duke
Fired up.

In addition to his three young guns, Sebok also pointed to a trio of more established pros he expects will accomplish big things this WSOP:

Annie Duke

"Just have a feeling here," said Sebok of the Celebrity Apprentice runner-up.

"She's pumped. She's ready. She's going to abuse some people at the Rio."

Maria Ho
Maria, Maria!

Maria Ho and Kevin "BeLOWaBOVe" Saul

"I just have this feeling about my people," Sebok said of Ho and Saul, both of whom blog for PokerRoad.

Saul counts a World Poker Tour title on his resume, while Ho broke through in 2007 when she was the last female eliminated in the Main Event, banking $237,865 for her 38th place finish.

Kevin Saul
Saul: Rising.

"Maria is going to do more than just be the 'last woman standing' and Kev is going to go 'above' his usual style of playing 'below' normal levels of patience," said Sebok. "Ha!"

You can listen to Sebok and the PokerRoad Radio crew broadcasting daily from the floor of the Rio.

And check out the PokerListings WSOP section for live coverage and features throughout the Series.

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