WSOP Final Table: Who Are the Favorites to Win the Main Event?
A Look at the Favorites as the WSOP is Almost Down to the Final Table
The Main Event at the World Series of Poker is cruising right along. There are just 22 players left and only one more day of play until the final table and November Nine are locked in. That final day of play begins at the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas at 3 p.m. EST. The broadcast will begin on ESPN3 and at 8 p.m. EST before giving way to ESPN for a few hours of coverage.
With all of that in mind I have picked out a few players that should be considered the favorites to hold the bracelet when this competition concludes.
Ben Lamb (14.6 million):
The 26-year-old Lamb is having one hell of a tournament. He already has a bracelet, and a second place finish. His performance has vaulted him into the lead of the Player of the Year race over Phil Hellmuth. He is almost seven million chips behind the current leader, but with the way Lamb is rolling, it would be foolish to pick anyone over him.
Anton Makiievskyi (21.0 million in chips):
Speaking of the current chip leader meet 21-year-old, Anton Makiievskyii. If the Ukranian Makiievskyii does go onto win he will be the youngest champ in Main Event history. His success at this tournament even has him a little surprised. Makiievskyi:
"I just don't believe everything that's happening now. I understand that I may not have any other chances in life like this, but I don't feel it. I just play my game. I just push all-in when I need to push all-in."
It will be interesting to see if he can keep his nerve as the stakes raise. Having over two million more chips than the next closest player should help.
Eoghan O'Dea (19.0 million):
Speaking of the next closest player we have Eoghan O'Dea. O'Dea is looking to become a second generation final table member. His father made two WSOP main event final tables during his career.
Given his father's poker career the he 26-year-old has perspective on what a bracelet means. However, his eyes are firmly on the paper prize. O'Dea:
"When I was really young, it was definitely the bracelet. But now, it's about the money. It's a dream to win this event."
Not that O'Dea is hurting for money. He already has five cash finishes.
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