With the 43rd annual World Series of Poker underway at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, the PKR.com sportsbook has listed some odds on this year’s competition.
Phil Hellmuth, currently the all-time WSOP gold bracelet champion with 11, but who has not won a WSOP title in five years, is a 4/5 favorite to win his 12th title this year. Hellmuth won’t be adding to his bracelet total in the first event he entered, the $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em Event #2, but he will be adding to his all-time money total. The Poker Brat ran into the pocket Jacks of Frenchman Antoine Nowak while holding A-J and busted out when an Ace failed to appear on the board. Hellmuth did pocket $7,204 on his 86th career in-the-money finish at the WSOP.
The betting markets for this year’s Main Event include the age of the champion. Wagers on the champ being 26 or younger or 27 and above are both currently set at 5/6. The 2011 Main Event winner, Germany’s Pius Heinz, was 22. A repeat by Heinz in 2012 or anybody else who calls Germany home is listed at 40-1. A wager on the Main Event champion residing in Russia or Italy has been set by PKR oddsmakers at 66-1, betting on a UK pro winning would get 20-1, 10-1 is listed as the odds for a Canadian to take the Main Event title, and only 2/5 is available betting on an American poker player to win this year.
Last year’s Main Event saw 6,865 players plunk down the $10,000 entry fee. The over/under on the 2012 Main Event’s number of entrants is listed as 6,300 at 5/6. Wagering on five or less Americans to make the Main Event final table shows odds of 10/11, while 4/5 is the action for six or more USA residents to be seated at the final table. At 20-1, wagers will be accepted that a female poker player will be wearing the Main Event bracelet in 2012. There is no available market for betting against the fairer sex.