Last week, a combination of 10 poker players and media members held the annual conference call for the highly publicized ESPN Fantasy Poker League. The 2013 edition of the invitation-only league featured (in order of draft pick): Chops from Wicked Chops Poker; myself (PokerNews’ Chad Holloway); Jason Somerville; ESPN’s Andrew Feldman (the defending champ); Josh Brikis; Daniel Negreanu; Matt Glantz; BLUFF Magazine Editor in Chief Lance Bradley; Eric Baldwin; and Twitter’s nexus of poker information Kevin “Kevmath” Mathers.
This marked the eighth year of the league, which is built around the World Series of Poker, and over the years participants have come and gone. For instance, Dwyte Pilgrim, Dennis Phillips, Gary Wise, Bernard Lee, Mark Seif, Gavin Smith and Howard Lederer are all former participants who’ve given up their spots for various reasons (you can probably guess why Lederer disappeared from the league). Those spots are quickly snatched up, as evidenced by the addition of Somerville, Glantz and Mathers to this year’s league.
So how does the ESPN Fantasy Poker League work? It's simple. Each participant drafts a team of eight players who they think will find success at the WSOP. Each team earns points based upon the following criteria.
In the 2010 Draft, I managed to rack up 596 points and claim the title, due in no small part to Michael Mizrachi’s deep Main Event run. But over the past two years, I've been in the bottom rung of players. With that said, I like the team I put together in this year's draft.
Below is a round-by-round look at the 2013 ESPN Fantasy Poker draft:
|KevMath||10||David “ODB” Baker|
|KevMath||11||David “Bakes” Baker|
|Bradley||28||Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier|
|KevMath||51||David “Doc” Sands|
The draft speaks for itself, but here are some interesting facts:
For more on the 2013 ESPN Fantasy Poker League, check out Andrew Feldman’s draft analysis on ESPN Poker.
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