2017 World Series of Poker Betting Overview & Prop Options

Swinging Johnson

Thursday, June 22, 2017 3:09 PM UTC

Thursday, Jun. 22, 2017 3:09 PM UTC

The 48th annual World Series of Poker main event begins July 8, and we review the poker odds on this collection of amateur and professional players from all around the globe.

The World Series of Poker main event is an eclectic collection ranging from rich guys with money to blow, to celebrities and athletes looking for a competitive diversion from their day jobs, and of course the seasoned professionals seeking to wear the most highly sought after bracelet in the gambling world. This year, the notable celebrity competing is actor/comedian Kevin Hart while aqua-man Michael Phelps will represent the athlete contingent. Let’s take a look at a few interesting props and poker odds on these masters of the felt.


Odds to Win the WSOP Main Event

Daniel Negreanu           +10000         

Phil Ivey             +10000         

Allen Cunningham        +12500         

Eric Seidel         +12500         

Gus Hansen       +12500         

Jason Mercier   +12500         

Joe McKeehen   +12500         

Johnny Chan      +12500         

Tom Dwan         +12500         

Antonio Esfandiari        +15000         

Ben Lamb          +15000         

Fedor Holz         +15000         

Ole Schmion      +15000         

Patrik Antonius              +15000         

Paul Volpe         +15000         

Phil Hellmuth    +20000         

Adam Owen      +20000         

Bertrand ElkY Grospellier         +20000         

Chris Ferguson              +20000         

David Benyamine          +20000         

Igor Kurganov   +20000         

Jake Cody          +20000         

Martin Jacobsen           +20000         

Max Coleman   +20000         

Mike McDonald            +25000


Kevin Hart To Finish In The Money

Yes         +800 

No          -1250


Last Flop Of WSOP Main Event

Two Red, One Black +160      

Two Black, One Red +160      

All Red   +650 

All Black +650


Michael Phelps To Finish In The Money

Yes         +1400           

No          -2500


Region Of Main Event Winner

United States     -175  

Europe   +175 

Canada              +350 

South or Central America         +800 

Australia            +1000           

Field (any other)           +800


Total Entries In Main Event

Over 6250½ Players      -120  

Under 6250½ Players    +100


Total US Players On Main Event Final Table

Over 5½ Americans      +105 

Under 5½ Americans    -125


Winning Hand At WSOP Main Event

Two Pair or Better        -145  

One Pair or Worse        +125


Will Former Main Event Winner Win A Bracelet?

Yes         -210  

No          +175

As anyone knows who follows the WSOP, there are plenty of bad beats and absurd strategies from the non-pros simply looking for the experience of rubbing elbows with the biggest names in the game. Therefore, the seasoned veterans know that getting a read on the unknowns takes time, focus and paying for an education from time to time – which means calling the amateur even if the odds are not in the pros' favor and as long as the price is not too steep. Many of these amateurs will bleed chips to the big boys, but every now and again that miracle river will turn poker pro Phil Helmuth’s know-it-all grin into a maniacal scowl followed by a slew of expletives. And it is for that reason, as well as the sheer volume of players, in excess of 6000 participants, why we feel there is betting value in betting that there will not be a former main event winner claiming the 2017 WSOP main event in our poker picks.

Free Poker Pick: No +175


Head to Head: Best Finishing Position

Kevin Hart -150          

Michael Phelps +130

Phelps may have the competitive advantage as he has earned more gold medals than a five-star general, but Hart strikes me as the guy who can read people like a movie script. Maybe I am conjuring images of the guy I see on the silver screen, while Kevin Hart the man may be something entirely different. But one thing I do know is Phelps looks as square as a microwave and for that I will go with Hart.

Free Poker Picks: Hart -150


Age Of Main Event Winner

27 Years or Older         -110  

26 Years or Younger     -110

The younger players certainly have the stamina, but the older dudes have the guile. Young guys can lose their mojo just by seeing a pretty cocktail waitress bounce on by, while those closing in on 30 and up have more far composure. I will go with the senior set in this bet.

Free Poker Pick: 27 or Older -110Talk World Series Of Poker In Our Betting Forum
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