The 2015 World Series of Poker is just over two weeks away and speculation is running rampant on which players will take home the gold. We’ve decided to fire off our own predictions and let you know which hotties we think will perform well this summer.
By the way, the hotties we’re referring to are players that have been running hot in the months leading up to the WSOP. What did you think we meant?
Erik Seidel always shows up ready to play at the World Series but this year he comes in riding a massive hot streak. Since the first of the year, Seidel has earned $3.25 million with five final table appearances and two victories.
He kicked off the year by finishing sixth in the $100,000 Challenge and fifth in the $250,000 Challenge. A couple weeks later, he won a $25,000 High Roller Event at Aria in Las Vegas. Most recently, he took down the $100,000 Super High Roller Event at the EPT Grand Final in Monte Carlo, earning $2.22 million.
Despite running deep in WSOP events every year, Seidel hasn’t won a bracelet since 2007. This could be the year he finally earns bracelet #9.
Eddy Sabat is heating up at the exact right time for the WSOP. He most recently took down the Main Event of the California State Poker Championship for $129,240. Earlier this year, he went deep in the Main Event of the WPT L.A. Poker Classic and final tabled a preliminary event.
Sabat is looking to improve on a stellar run at the 2014 WSOP, a run that nearly landed him in the November Nine. He cashed five times heading into the Main Event and then went on a dream run that landed him within single table of the November Nine. Unfortunately, he would fall short to finish in 16.
Sabat had WSOP final table appearances each year from 2011 through 2013 and is looking for his fourth WSOP final. This time he looks to break through and finally take down his first bracelet.
Over the last 12 months, Scott Seiver has earned $5 million in live events with $2.66 million coming during the first half of 2015. He started the year off strong at the PCA by finishing eighth n the $100,000 Super High Roller and fifth in the $25,000 High Roller. A couple of weeks later, he finished third in the $100,000 Challenge at Aussie Millions and fourth in the $250,000 Challenge.
Seiver has performed well at the WSOP over the years. He won his first bracelet in 2008 by winning a $5,000 NL Event. In 2011, he finished seventh in the $50,000 Poker Player’s Championship.
Last year, Seiver made a pair of impressive deep runs. First, he made the final table of the $50,000 Poker Player’s Championship for the second time and finished ninth. A week later, he made the final table of the $1,000,000 Big One for ONE DROP. He finished in sixth, earning $1.68 million.
Over the last few years, Seiver has been running well and getting close but never breaking through for that second bracelet. This could be the year he finally breaks through.
Since last may, Doug Polk has earned over $3.4 million in live tournaments. Last summer, he took down WSOP Event #23, the $1,000 NL Turbo Event, for $251,969 and his first career bracelet. After winning his bracelet, he capped his summer by winning over $2.24 million in Super High Roller Event at the Bellagio
Polk has continued running hot in 2015. He started the year by finishing third in the $250,000 LK Boutique Challenge at Aussie Millions, earning $807,709. Most recently, Polk was part of the team of pros that took on the poker player AI Claudico in the “Brains vs. AI” challenge. Polk was able to defeat Claudico, winning $213,671 over 20,000 hands.
Polk will likely be involved in most of the higher buy-in events at the WSOP but is a threat in any event he plays. Expect a deep run out of him in the $10k Heads-Up Championship on June 2.
When you’re Phil Ivey, you don’t need to play many tournaments to be considered hot. His run over the last few years in the $250,000 Challenge at Aussie Millions is insane. He won the event in 2012 and back-to-back in 2014 and 2015.
Last year, Ivey won his 10th career bracelet after a somewhat lackluster start to the WSOP. He followed that up with a deep run in the Main Event. His next bracelet victory puts him alone in second place.
Ivey has won bracelets the last two years and with his focus on setting records, he will likely take down #11 this year. If he wins one early in the series, we could see a multi-bracelet year from poker’s greatest player.
Mike Leah had a career year in 2014. He won two WSOP Circuit rings, a WSOP bracelet and $2.12 million. He continues that hot streak in 2015, already earning $722,830 thanks to a runner-up finish at the L.A. Poker Classic. If he didn’t earn another penny in 2015, he’d still have his third best year as a pro.
Leah has performed well at the WSOP in the past and looks to continue running well this year. He made three final tables in WSOP events in 2013 and cashed four times in Vegas last year. He finished seventh in the $2.500 Omaha 8 / Stud 8 Event.
At the WSOP Asia-Pacific, he won the A$25,000 NL High Roller for $524,411 and his first bracelet. Leah plays all games well but has his best edge in mixed games. Look for him to continue running well and contend for his second bracelet.
Taylor Paur may not put in the same volume of tournaments as other pros, but he performs well when he plays. This is his sixth year playing at the WSOP and he already has 20 career cashes.
He ran deep in the 2012 Main Event, ultimately finishing in 33rd. In 2013, he won his first bracelet in Event #18, a $1,000 NL Event. Last year, he cashed eight times in WSOP events and made two final table appearances.
Been a great week+. I got 3rd in WPT Rolling Thunder. Two great guys heads up will be very happy for either one to win. Time to laxxxx!— Taylor Paur (@taypaur) March 19, 2015
Paur has been on fire as of late. In early March, he took down the WPT Bay 101 Shooting Stars Event for his first WPT title and $1.2 million. A week later, he made his second straight WPT final table and finished third at the WPT Rolling Thunder.
Four of his five WSOP final tables have been in shootout or six-max events, so expect him to continue performing well in those events. With his recent run in WPT events, don’t be shocked to see him earn his second career bracelet this summer.