It’s finally here: the start of the 2014 World Series of Poker. A time when all the stars of the world of poker flock to Vegas in search of their share of the roughly $200 million dollars in prize money that will be given away as well as the most prestigious prize in poker – a WSOP bracelet.
One of the grand traditions that accompany the start of the WSOP is the poker media making their picks on who might be the next big name or emerging superstar to hit the big time.
Read: The Best Players In Europe Without A WSOP Bracelet
Barry Carter from PokerStrategy spotlights some of the brightest young poker minds that Europe has to offer including “Mad” Marvin Rettenmaier, Everest Poker's Sam Trickett and Ole “Barely Legal” Schemion who is traveling to the WSOP for the first time.
Read: 10 Brits To Watch At The 2014 World Series
Not to be outdone, Matthew Pitt over at PokerNews UK thinks that the Brits will have another massive year in Las Vegas and he’s picked 10 that could really make an impact. Chris Moorman, David Vamplew and GPI darling Stephen Chidwick grace this list along with some others of the Queen’s best.
Read: Seven Rookies To Watch At The 2014 World Series of Poker
More lists! Brett Collson over at PokerNews picks seven who will be losing their “WSOP card” this summer by attending the series for the first time. Of course there’s Ole, but also PCA Main Event Winner Dominik Panka, German high roller Christoph Vogelsang and Jordan Westmorland will all be looking to shed their rookie titles for that of champion.
We know what you are thinking…where are all the big names – the REALLY big names. Don’t worry, ESPN's Andrew Feldman has you covered.
Watch: World Series of Poker Players To Watch
ESPN knows how to highlight the superstars and they’ve collected some photos of those you need to keep an eye on. Daniel, Phil, Phil, Vanessa, Timex and more.