High stakes poker player, billionaire and philanthropist Guy Laliberte has received his share of headlines lately. After being labeled a donkey by fellow Canadian Haralabos Voulgaris in a 2+2 thread, Laliberte will be happy to learn that Ladbrokes has his back… in the form of a 1000/1 WSOP Main Event victory prop bet.
Guy never even really had any upswings when playing live or online, the gap between him and the players he was playing against was that big… he was drawing dead. -Haralabos Voulgaris as coltranedog on 2+2 NVG forum
The 1k/1 line represents a significant vote of confidence from Ladbrokes; especially taking into account that the Over/Under for Total Entrants in the marquee live event is right at 6,300. Topping the Ladbrokes list are multiple WSOP bracelet winners Daniel Negreanu and Phil Ivey at 200/1. Last year’s Main Event champion Ryan Reiss is a 250/1 bet while 2012 first place finisher Greg Merson will return 500/1.
Ironically, odds for Voulgaris have not yet been listed by the British based online sportsbook. It’s unlikely that any fake Madden-esque letters of complaint will surface as a result of the published odds, but that doesn’t rule out the possibility that some pros may feel slighted by the wagering site’s apparent perception of their poker abilities.
In related news, Bovada is accepting wagers on whether the eventual Main Event winner will be from the United States -175 or the Rest of the World +135.
There is potential value in the +900 line on whether a female will make the Main Event final table this year, and the Over/Under for the age of the Championship event winner is 27.