Americans Can't Win WSOP Europe Main EventOctober 13, 2011 10:37 am
So far, we are nearly half way through the 7 event WSOP Europe in Cannes, with the bracelets thus far going to players from Switzerland, Australia and USA.
As the clock ticks down to the five day €10,400 Main Event starting October 15th, there is little doubt it won’t be an American player coming away with the gold bracelet this year. That is the official judgement according to the 2010 WSOPE Main Event winner James Bord, who commented:
“I don’t think an American can win the bracelet, Europeans are now far superior. We used to look up to the US players back in the day, but those days are now long gone. I’m prepared to put my money where my mouth is and refund any losing bets up to $500 if an American wins.”
The UK pro is also well known for being a sports bettor and his latest statement is a piece of baiting worthy of the Caesars Cup itself, between Team America and Team Europe. Ahead of the cup competition held on October 19th on the sidelines of the WSOP Europe, USA team captain Phil Hellmuth declared:
“These idiot Northern Europeans think they know everything about the game of poker. Well, we plan to show them that decades of experience are much more valuable than clicking a mouse while sitting in your pajamas. In all seriousness, we look forward to the challenge and the opportunity to return the Caesars Cup to American soil.”
In the inaugural Caesars Cup, USA lost to their European counterparts 4-1. but as far as the WSOP Europe Main Event goes, the honours have been evenly spread between European winners Annette Obrestad (2007) and James Bord (2010), and USA winners John Juanda (2008) and Barry Shulman (2009).
It is now only a matter of days before it is decided who ends up with the bragging rights at this year’s Main Event, not excluding competition from the other continents involved.
In the meantime, here are the odds currently being offered by one online betting site:
Daniel Negreanu: 5/1
Phil Hellmuth: 9/2
James Bord: 11/2
Tom Dawn: 9/2
Gus Hansen: 9/2
Sam Trickett: 9/2
Roberto Romanello: 5/1
Jeff Lisandro: 11/2
Erik Seidel: 5/1
Jason Mercier: 4/1