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Top-10 potential coaches for Main Event's final table7 July 2008
When the World Series of Poker pauses its final table next week for 117 days, the nine players reaching the final table will have a chance to get some coaching before the attempting to win the $9,119,517 first prize.
With that in mind, we decided to compile a list of Top-10 potential coaches for the Main Event final table. In order to qualify for this list (with one exception), players had to be already eliminated from the tournament (and thus available for coaching) prior to Day 2 action.
10. Humberto Brenes
Brenes' shark act isn't popular with the pros -- and some fans. But if you need a Spanish-speaking pro, he's the one to turn to. He's successful.
He has a devoted following of players in Latin America. And hey, this is the WORLD Series of Poker. A Latin American player reaching the final table isn't a stretch.
9. Tom McEvoy
8. Phil Laak
7. Dan Harrington
6. Andy Bloch
5. Chris "Jesus" Ferguson
Another "mathematical" player who excels at final tables. He won the Main Event in 2000. And he's a brilliant heads up player. He finished second in the National Heads-Up Tournament in 2005 and 2006 and won the event by beating Andy Bloch this year. The eventual champion will have to play heads up. And Ferguson is the best in the business in that format.
4. Doyle Brunson
Ten bracelets. Two Main Event titles. Thirty-one cashes and $2.8 million in WSOP career earnings. He's the author of Super System and Super System 2 – the definitive books on poker strategy. A coaching resume doesn't get much better than this.
3. Daniel Negreanu
2. Annie Duke
Anybody that's seen Duke on the Best Damn Poker Show knows this woman is born to coach. Her ability to communicate the nuances of the game is unparalleled. She can turn amateurs into really good players and help pros refine their games in a very short time frame. And she does it with grace and style.
1. Johhny Chan
Chan is still alive in this year's tournament with 77,500 in chips.
But we had to put on this list because of his work with Jamie Gold.
Chan worked with Gold, who took home a record $12 million with his victory in the 2006 Main Event. And because Chan has already successfully steered one player to victory, he's No. 1 on our list of candidates to coach players at this year's much-anticipated final table.
Top-10 potential coaches for Main Event's final table is republished from Online.CasinoCity.com.
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