If you don’t have the 10 grand required to stake yourself in the 2016 World Series of Poker (WSOP) Main Event, you can still get in on the action by betting on some props released by online sportsbooks.
The WSOP Main Event Championship will kick off July 9 and Sportsbook has you covered with a list of bets that will have you sweating like you’re looking for a one-outer on the river. Here are some of the most interesting bets:
Origin of Sportsbook
USA, not surprisingly, is favored at -120 to send the WSOP its Sportsbook. The tournament has historically been made up of a majority of American entrants and as much skill as there is in poker, it is still a game massively dominated by odds and luck. There is some value in the European and Canadian options, however. Players from those two origins have been taking down high stakes tournaments more and more frequently.
Since 2000, the last man at the table has been an American nine times, a European four times, and a Canadian once. The field has started to level out in recent years as poker becomes more mainstream in international markets.
Age of Sportsbook
This OVER/UNDER age of the Sportsbook has been set at 27.5 and is offering -120 on both sides of the line. If the trends are any kind of indicator, poker is turning into a young man’s game – no WSOP Main Event Sportsbook since 2007 has been older than 27 and the average age of the Sportsbook since then is 24. With those stats, -120 seems pretty juicy.
There are also props for head-to-head matchups as to who will last longer at the WSOP and OddsShark looked at some numbers to try and provide you some value.
Phil Ivey -130 vs Phil Hellmuth -110
Hellmuth aka “The Poker Brat” won the WSOP back in 1989 as a 24-year-old and has a record 14 WSOP bracelets. Hellmuth’s most recent No-Limit Hold’em bracelet win came back in 2012 when he took down the European WSOP and cashed €1,022,376.
Ivey aka “The Tiger Woods of Poker” aka “No Home Jerome” has won 10 WSOP bracelets and has cashed at 32 WSOP Hold’em events compared to Hellmuth, who has finished in the money at 115 WSOP events.
Daniel Negreanu -150 vs Phil Laak +110
Daniel Negreanu, or as he is known online “Kid Poker”, is the all-time leader in live tournament winnings and has cashed in a staggering 82 WSOP events. The Canadian finished 11th in last year’s WSOP and will be one of the favorites to go deep in this tournament.
Phil Laak has significantly less experience cashing out in WSOP events. He has finished in the money 21 times in his career and his highest career finish at the Main Event is 412th.
Matt Damon -120 vs Ben Affleck -120
There aren’t many numbers to back up either of these guys at the poker table but if good acting translates to having a good poker face, neither of these guys have a chance to cash. Maybe Damon picked up some pointers during his role as Mike McDermott in the 1998 underground poker classic, Rounders.
Here are some more props from Sportsbook:
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