The problem with predicting anyone to make a final table at the Main Event of the World Series of Poker is that there are so many entries.
While we won't know an official entry count for 2011 until over the weekend, the 2010 tournament had 7,319 players enter. Picking nine players from a group of that size is nearly impossible.
Additionally, big name professionals are targeted early in the tournament. This explains why many of them are eliminated early in the going.
If they survive the early minutes of the tournament long enough for players to develop a big chip stack and be targeted because of it, then they are more likely to survive.
Still, the final table will generally include at least one professional that everyone knows. With the tournament underway shortly, let's try to find some of the big name guys who might be a part of the November Nine.
The word lock is a little strong, given the circumstances of the tournament. But these players aren't exactly long shots for deep runs.
Remember that Phil Ivey, Howard Lederer, and Chris Ferguson aren't participating. All would at least be considered for a list like this and Ivey would be a lock No. 1 selection.