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?