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WSOP Odds: Chip leader Tran favored

Betting on the November Nine WSOP final table is not a typical form of action for online sports bettors.

Unlike a professional sports team bet or a mixed martial arts option, wagering on November Nine odds should be treated like betting on a race.

Any online bettor who likes to wager on horse racing or NASCAR knows how to play action on their race picks. Deciding which player to wager on in the November Nine can be compared, in many ways, to how one would choose a horse to win a graded stakes race. A couple of different factors should be considered.

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In a graded stakes race horses are often handicapped by carrying extra weight during the race. This can be compared to stack size for the remaining November Nine players. Some have more chips than others, giving them an immediate edge in play. Stack size will be the most important factor to consider when making your November Nine picks.

Bettors also have to consider the level of poker skill that some players have over others. Seasoned pros hold an obvious edge over amateur players, and even with a smaller stack size the experienced players could be the better option. Here are remaining players, stack sizes, and odds to win the tournament at Bovada:

J.C. Tran – 9/5 (38, 000, 000)
Amir Lehavot – 9/2 (29, 700, 000)
Marc McLaughlin – 5/1 (26,525,000)
Ryan Riess – 6/1 (25,875,000)
Jay Farber – 7/1 (25,975,000)
Sylvain Loosli – 8/1 (19,600,000)
Michiel Brummelhuis – 13/1 (11,275,000)
Mark Newhouse – 15/1 (7,350,000)
David Benefield – 15/1 (6,375,000)

The favorite to win the 2013 WSOP Main Event is easily J.C. Tran. He not only has the most chips but he also has the best pedigree as a professional poker player, having won nearly $10 million in tournament cash and two WSOP bracelets in his career.

In the example of Ryan Riess and Jay Faber, oddsmakers have a bigger payout on Farber to win it all than Riess, even though Farber has the bigger of the two stacks. Riess has the better pedigree of the two so the payday is less.