As this year’s WSOP national championship is about to commence, there is a lot of speculation on the likely outcome. The National championship is one of the Premier events that has traditionally attracted a large following and will be live in ESPN. There is no denying the fact that fans know a lot about the event, but the same cannot be said with respect to the fans’ knowledge on the players expected to play at the event.
The National championship attract some of the best players in poker who have earned their right to participate in this championship either by winning the WSOP circuit main event or by emerging as the highest ranked player in one of the seventeen WSOP circuit events. In addition, players can qualify for the event by qualifying in one of the sixty six bids earned on the course of the circuit. So far a total of 100 players have already secured their seat in this prestigious event. Players who finished in the top 100 position in the previous events have the chance of buying-their way into this tournament for $10,000 and hence earn the chance of competing for a share of the over $1million prize pool. Usually names such as Phil Hellmuth, Ben Lamb, and Michael Mizrachi are expected to be in the event to fight it out for the cash prize of $2 million, but the real challenge will come from players who have earned their slot through travelling from one circuit to the other raking in points after points. These players have been honing their playing skill on the road and it is just a matter of time before they become household names. We review some of the players who have show true potential and will be participating at the national championships.
David Clark has shown real hustling in the past year which has seen him top the WSOP leadership board. He has been to almost all the stop and raked in points than any other at-large qualifier. Since January he has managed to have nine cashes totaling to over $80,000. In the process, he has won One WSOPC gold ring and finished in six final tables. David is lucky to have a partner who loves poker in equal measure; his partner is the only female player to have three WSOPC gold rings. David will come to the tournament as an underdog, but that status might change at the end of the event if his playing resume is anything to go by.
Kurt Jewell, a Kentucky is one of the young players who have made great strides in poker. His playing style has been described using superlatives such as brash and confident and has mastered how to navigate the big fields. He comes to the event as one of the most distinguished poker players. His earning for the previous year and this year totals to $212,253. He is the reigning Harrah’s Tunica Main Event champion. His “go big or go home” playing style is bound to frustrate players who are not familiar to his playing style.
Bryan is fondly referred to as “Devo” in poker circles. In the course of his participation in WSOP, he has won more than $1 million in addition to two WSOPC gold rings. He has mastered playing in big buy-in televised events and won’t certainly be intimated by the playing field. His WSOPC event for 2011/2012 is $64,862.
Alex is belongs to the elite club of three players who have earned 4 WSOPC gold rings. Over the past year, he has earned $147, 528 in WSOP cashes. Alex is a trained lawyer turned poker professional. He narrowly missed the chance of winning the inaugural WSOPC Stop held at the Bicycle casino in Vegas.