The events of the Black Friday are still being felt today. One of the most visible effects of the shutting down of the big poker companies is that big poker players were left without a sponsor, and heading to the WSOP 2012 there will be more unsigned big names players more than ever before. Whereas some the big names are “saleable,” the same cannot be said of other players especially those who were associated with poker companies shut by the department of Justice in the United States. One such player is Phil Ivey. Other players who are hard to sell include Tom Dwan a United States player because of the fact that online poker is not legal in the United States.
Here, is a review of some of the biggest names who will play at the tournament as free agents:
1. Patrick Antonius
Patrick Antonius is the most coveted free agent as WSOP gets underway. Patrick, a Finnish national is an online poker “god”. He attributes his refined poker skills to Marcel Luske, an accomplished poker player in his own right. He will come to this tournament in the hope that finally he will get his first bracelet having reached the final table twice. His highest main event finish was in 2010 where he finished at position 601. He also holds one European poker tour title. His reputation is still contact following the collapse of Full tilt poker. Luske is an invaluable asset to any poker site as he can spur interest in any poker sites as many players would cherish to measure their skills with the best players in the poker industry.
2. Phil Hellmuth
Phil Hellmuth is a name that needs no introduction to the world of poker. His WSOP exploits is unmatched; he has 11 WSOP bracelets and over 13 million earning in live tournaments in addition to the eighty five, cashes in WSOP. His reputation was cemented in the 2000’s playing under the tag of “poker Brat.” Since he split from UB.Com at the beginning of 2011, he has not signed for any other company. Many sites will want to have him, but the fact that he is expensive is a sure put-off to many sites.
3. Sam Trickett
In the last couple of years, the United Kingdom poker has grown to be one of the strongest in the world, and one of the crème del crème players propelling U.K poker is Sam Trickett. He is a force to reckon with in a live tournament. In the last couple of years he has increased his account by over $5 million in winnings alone. Trickett can sign for any site this is because the United Kingdom has made online poker legal. Trickett parted with his sponsor at the begging of the year.
4. Doyle Brunson
Whereas men of his generation are busy in their retirement, Doyle Brunson likes playing poker like a twenty something and he is good at it. With experience of fifty years, Doyle is a man who has seen it all. In the course of his career, he has won ten bracelets in WSOP, and one title in the World poker tour. Any poker room will provide from his insights and the fact that he is one of the best known players will attract many players to the site.
5. Gus Hensen
The Great Dane is not only an accomplished poker player, but also one of the sexiest men alive according to the people magazine that included him in its annual list of 2004. Looks aside, he has one bracelet with his highest finish achieved in 2007 where he finished at the 61 place. The fact that he is not American makes him a saleable player.