As the 2008 World Series of Poker Main Event comes near, the spotlight will start to fall on some of the game

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Hottest Poker Pros the 2008 WSOP

As the 2008 World Series of Poker Main Event comes near, the spotlight will start to fall on some of the gameӳ more successful players. Who are the hottest players to watch at the 2008 World Series of Poker and how are they likely to perform?

Michael McDonald

Hold on, donӴ expect to hear ԗhat a Fool BelievesԠbelted out at the final table this year. This Michael McDonald hails from Waterloo, Canada, and is the hottest poker player out there going into the WSOP season. In a span of only three months, McDonald managed to collect five cashes worth a total of over $1.5 million, including two first place finishes and a second place finish. It began with a 14th place finish at the 2007 EPT Prague event, and was capped off in February with a victory in the 2008 EPT German Open Main Event, worth over a million dollars.

Phil Ivey Regarded by many as the greatest living poker player, Ivey, who plays in the biggest cash games in the world, is always a threat. Heӳ coming off a win at the 2008 L.A. Poker Classic worth over $1.5 million and made the semifinals of the 2008 NBC National Heads-up Championship. In last yearӳ WSOP, Ivey finished fourth in the $5,000 H.O.R.S.E. event and second in the seven card stud championship. Ivey is considered a dangerous opponent by poker players everywhere and is one of the pros favored to make a strong showing in the main event every year, this year being no exception ֠unless he gets stuck by the Caribbean stud poker or craps tables.

Men Nguyen You canӴ think about poker without considering Men Ԕhe MasterԠNguyen. Nguyen is a constant fixture at the final tables in Los Angeles, and a threat in Vegas as well. He is coming off an incredible three victories in Februaryӳ L.A. Poker Classic, for limit holdӥm, no-limit holdӥm and seven card stud. These three wins come among six total cashes for Men in the event.

Furthermore, Menӳ wife, Van Nguyen, won the LAPC Celebrity Invitational, making the Nguyenӳ a double threat.

Bertrand Grospelier

If youӲe looking for big winners out to keep their rush going, you need look no further than poker playing Frenchman Bertrand Grospelier. An expert video gamer turned poker pro, this player has been on a rush over the last year. He has four World Series of Poker cashes to his credit and finished second in the Scandinavian Open in 2007. More importantly, he is coming off a victory in the 2008 PokerStars Net Caribbean Adventure in January, worth a cool $2 million. There is little doubt that Grospelier will be playing in multiple WSOP events in 2008 or that he will be making a play for that 2008 main event final table as well.

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