2009 WSOPE: It's a skill game

ps_news_thn.jpgAs the World Series of Poker Europe reaches the money tonight, we're reminded of Mike McD's rhetorical question, "Why do you think the same five guys make it to the final table of the World Series of Poker every year? What, are they the luckiest guys in Las Vegas?"

As we prepare to kick off our European Poker Tour London coverage Wednesday, we can't help but look down the street to the people who just made the money in the WSOPE Main Event. It's the type of thing to which you want to point when people talk about how poker is a game of luck.

Among the 34 players heading into play tomorrow:

  • Yevgeniy Timoshenko (2009 WCOOP Main Event winner)
  • Jason Mercier (Team PokerStars Pro, EPT winner, WSOP bracelet holder)
  • Daniel Negreanu (Team PokerStars Pro, poker god)
  • Andre Akkari (Team PokerStars Pro)
  • Arnaud Mattern (PokerStars sponsored player)
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    Arnaud Mattern

    All of the 34 players are guaranteed £21,142, but you can be sure than none of the five players listed above will be happy until they make the final table and give themselves a chance at the WSOPE bracelet.

    That won't happen until tomorrow when the players return for Day 4 and to play down to the final nine.

    Good luck to the PokerStars favorites in the fight for the bracelet.

    Brad Willis
    @BradWillis in PokerStars news