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  • Odds Are Out on the 2013 WSOP Main Event

    Thursday, July 18th, 2013 by Ryan

As previously mentioned, the 2013 World Series of Poker Main Event is going to pay out more than $8 million to the eventual winner, and it’s down to the November Nine. This means that from the 6k plus starting field that we had originally, we have only nine players left, and we are going to officially go at it on November 4th to decide who wins the massive first place pay day. For those who are curious, just like many other things in the world, you can bet on the final table of this massive poker tournament. The November Nine was determined on Tuesday, and on Wednesday we had the odds put out on the final nine players to decide who would win it thanks to a few of the sportsbooks. One sportsbook that got it out quickly though, was Bovada.

As you may have imagined, the current chip leader of the Main Event, J.C. Tran, is the one who has the betting favorites to win it all this year. His current odds to win the Main Event are set at 9/5. He has a solid chip lead over the second place player and also the rest of the field, and he’s also been very successful in live tournaments throughout his career. He owns two World Series of Poker gold bracelets, so he knows how to get the job done down the home stretch. We also talked about the fact that he has eight top ten finishes at the World Poker Tour throughout his career, and also a win there as well. Even if the players were even in chips, I’d probably be looking at Tran as a popular bet.

The odds from that point pretty much just roll right along with how the chip stacks go, which is almost to be expected since many of the players are strong, but aren’t as well-known as Tran is. Second place in chips and in odds is Amir Lehavot, who has odds of 9/2, and he is followed up by Marc McLaughlin with odds of 5/1. Things do change up just a bit though at this point, where the fourth and fifth place players are swapped, as Ryan Reiss has odds of 6/1, but is fifth in chips with 25,875,000, and Jay Farber has 25,975,000 chips, and has odds of 15/2. Obviously that small of a chip margin doesn’t matter much at this point though, so it more than likely has more to do with the fact that Reiss has had some recent success and has a strong status as a poker pro.

The bottom half of the field sees Sylvain Loosli coming in with odds of 8/1, Michiel Brummelhuis having odds of 12/1, and then the two short stacks winding out the bottom with the same odds of 15/1. The two short stacks with these odds are Mark Newhouse and David “Raptor” Benefield.

One other very interesting bit of news about Bovada and the Main Event, is that the popular betting site apparently gave bettors a chance to bet on whether a former Main Event winner would make the final table, and there were odds of 7/1 on that happening. Our 2001 Main Event Champion, Carlos Mortensen made it very interesting, as he was knocked out in 10th place, just one spot away from costing the site some money, and probably making a few bettors a good chunk of change as well.

With the odds out, that means it’s time to get your bets in, and while we have a few months before the action kicks off, I can’t anticipate these odds moving around too much. There will be other tournaments and other action going on that these players are likely going to be participating in, so if a player or two do very well, it could help out their odds a bit, and possibly move them around just a bit, but I’m not expecting too much. Keep an eye on the odds as November draws closer, but be sure to get the bets in before the final table starts up so that you can track your action and track your bet!

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