The 2012 World Series of Poker (WSOP) is now tantalisingly only one week away. The first open event will be $1,500 No Limit Hold’em next Monday 28th May in Las Vegas. PokerNetwork's Barry Gallagher discusses five Australian players who should most definitely be on bracelet watch this summer in the desert.
He has the bankroll, he plays all the games and he has the desire to grind the summer out in Vegas. Joe Hachem has been the biggest star in Australian poker ever since he won the 2005 WSOP Main Event for $7.5 million. He has yet to add another bracelet and it is no doubt something that he would like to remedy. Hachem has both the bankroll and mixed game skills to play the larger buy-in, smaller field events that give him a greater chance of binking then players who stick to the No Limit Hold’em events and the monster fields they draw.
This year his form has been good with two fantastic results in major tournaments. He took third place in the $100,000 buy-in at the Aussie Millions for $330,000, obviously this is one of the toughest fields on the poker calendar. Then at the 2012 L.A. Poker Classic Main Event Hachem went deep again finishing 12th for $60k. Keep your eyes on Hachem and maybe he will receive a lot of “sugar” in Las Vegas this summer.
Grant Levy once won $1 million in one poker tournament by taking down the 2007 APPT Sydney Main Event. Since then Levy has accumulated total lifetime live tournament earnings of $1.6 million to become one of the elite Australian live players on the circuit. Levy’s recent poker achievements include taking down the 2011 edition of ANZPT Perth for $131,500. Levy’s form is once again in thus far in 2012. He went super deep in the Aussie Millions Main Event in 2012 finishing 15th for $75,000. He has followed that result up with two victories. He took down a Pot Limit Omaha event at APPT Seoul for USD$16,250 and crushed the high roller at ANZPT Sydney for $54,625. Levy has yet to add a WSOP cash to his poker CV and it is unclear how long he will spend in Vegas but as one of Australia’s elite live players he should be on your watch-list.
Oliver Speidel was catapulted into the spotlight this January when he won the Aussie Millions Main Event in Melbourne for $1.6 million. Speidel had two other final tables at the Crown during the hot summer in Melbourne. He has taken to the life of a travelling pro and his form has shown no sign of decline as he made the final table of ANZPT Sydney for $41,000 in March. Then only last month in April in Manila he came 4th at the USD$2,500 APT for USD$37,000. It is fair to say Speidel is ravenous for success on the live scene and will be putting his big bankroll to use in Las Vegas to play a lot of events in the hopes of snagging a bracelet to go with his Aussie Millions trophy.
Jackie Glazier is one of the most popular players in the Australian poker scene. Recently, she had a huge Melbourne Poker
Championships winning the Main Event for $95,000 and her biggest score ever on the live scene. What made this achievement even more remarkable was she finished 2nd a few days earlier at the Joe Hachem Deepstack event for $35,000 in the Crown which had 475 entries. That isn’t hot form that is scorching boiling hot form. She also had three final tables at the 2012 Aussie Millions. Glazier confirmed recently on twitter she would be going to Vegas but she is no stranger to the City of Sin. She has one WSOP cash to her name and in 2011 took down a Deep Stack Extravaganza III event for USD$72k. Women bracelet winners are a rare commodity in the poker world but few would rule this Aussie out of a shot at the big time.
How could I complete this article without mentioning Tony G? The G has won just under USD$750,000 at WSOP events in his lifetime and is no stranger to Rio and its environs. Tony won’t grind the smaller buy-in events but should be a feature at the high rollers. He is worth a mention for one reason by itself. He will participate in The Big One – the USD$1 million entry tournament that will be the biggest poker tournament of all time with USD$48 million expected to be in the prize pool. The excitement that will surround that event will be unprecedented and Tony could be Australia’s only participant so all eyes will be on him to keep the flag flying. Tony has some good form coming into the series as he placed 4th in the $100k at the Aussie Millions and overcame a super tough field at the PartyPoker League in Vienna to finish 5th for USD$100,000.
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i'd have daniel nielson and andrew hinrichsen in my 5 top aussie picks for 2012 wsop.
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