Here's a list of the top 16 favorites at the 2006 WSOP main event:
1. Phil Ivey 150-1
2. Daniel Negreanu 225-1
3. Howard Lederer 250-1
4. Phil Hellmuth 250-1
5. Chris "Jesus" Ferguson 300-1
6. Gus Hansen 300-1
7. John Juanda 300-1
8. Marcel Luske 400-1
9. Greg Raymer 400-1
10. Barry Greenstein 400-1
11. Carlos Mortenson 400-1
12. Layne Flack 400-1
13. Scotty Nguyen 400-1
14. Mike "The Mouth" Matusow 400-1
15. Michael "The Grinder" Mizrachi 400-1
16. Sam Farha 400-1
If I were to have to put money a player I would pick Mike Mizrachi, Dan Harrington(500-1) or Ted Forrest(750-1)! No love for the later 2 on the top 16 however I feel they will be strong contenders this year!
Odds Courtesy of BETUSA
What a wonderful day out, too bad I am tired from playing that MTT on Party Poker until 8 in the morning. I have been thinking lately that my MTT and SNG ROI for the last couple weeks has been phenominal! I think it is because I have developed a new strategy that has really been working well. First 3-4 blind levels all I do is play absolute premium hands as I try to extract as much out of them as possible. I am talking pretty much only playing AA,KK,AK,QQ and maybe JJ. Last nite I folded QQ twice to a raise early in the tournament and it payed off well. Once the raiser has KK and the other I did not see if I made the right move.
Once I get passed the first levels, then I open up my game and start playing position, blind stealing etc. I have played 2 MTT in the passed couple days and cashed well in both of them. I might just be on a good run of cards for once! In SNG I try to do the same thing. If I play the first levels super tight and agressive, I usually end up being able to push my way into the money because so many players short stack themselves early.
Off to go run a poker tournament and then over to McRudy's for a couple cocktails. Last night we went out and they had a wing eating contest. I figured what the hell, free food! I ended up winning the contest and received %80 in gift certificates for the bar. I sure did pay for it this morning though, nothing better than flaming butt spray.........OUCH!