Jamie Gold

Favored Over Selbst, Seiver and Others in WSOP Main Event

Former champ a better bet over elite competition at Bet365.

Go for the Gold!

Poker and online sports betting website Bet365.com recently released its betting odds for the 2014 World Series of Poker, and one name is a notable favorite over much of the competition: Jamie Gold.

The 2006 WSOP Main Event champion pays 400 to 1 in the event of a repeat. That puts him well ahead of big names such as Phil Galfond (500/1), Vanessa Selbst (500/1), Annette Obrestad (500/1), Phil Laak (500/1), Scott Seiver (750/1), Justin Bonomo (1000/1), and Shannon Shorr (1000/1).

It also puts the former world champion on par with Barry Greenstein and Robert Mizrachi, who are also listed with 400 to 1 odds for the speculative prop bet.

The odds may come as a shock to fellow competitors in spite of Gold’s Top 10 position on the all-time poker tournament money list. Aside from his $12,000,000 payday in July 2006, he has earned slightly under a quarter of a million dollars in live tournaments according to The Hendon Mob.

A total of 18 players are considered to have a better chance of capturing the 2014 WSOP Main Event bracelet, according to the Bet365 oddsmakers. These include Phil Ivey (150/1), Danieal Negreanu (175/1), Phil Hellmuth (200/1), Jason Mercier (250/1), and Tom Dwan (350/1).

Bet365 is also placing Jamie Gold among the favorites to make the WSOP Main Event final table (35/1).

Gold outlasted more than 8,770 players to capture the WSOP Main Event bracelet eight years ago. Do you agree with Bet365 that he is an odd-on favorite to repeat?

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