The 42nd Annual World Series of Poker is under way and the poker world is eager for the stories that will emerge from this summer's shindig. Always making a splash are the many WSOP rookies who take to the Rio Convention Center felt for the time. Last summer, rookies Dan Kelly and Carter Phillips earned WSOP gold; this year, a new crop of rookies will be looking to do the same. For the last few weeks, we here at PokerNews have been previewing rookies whom we believe have a good chance of becoming household names by the end of summer.
Here's a look at several WSOP newbies you should keep an eye on.
Kyle Cartwight has been making quite a name for himself on the World Series of Poker Circuit and looks to bring his success to the Rio.
Find out more about him.
Mickey "mement_mori" Petersen is one of the most consistent and recognized players on the virtual felt with more than $4 million in career online winnings. Check out his story and why we think he'll make a splash.
Brendon "Brendooor" Rubie is one of the world's best online players you don't know much about. A no-limit hold'em specialist, Rubie is ready for the WSOP. Here's why.
Mike “Timex” McDonald won EPT Dortmund way back in 2008 and the poker world has eagerly awaited his 21st birthday. The wait is over.
We all know that Dan “jungleman12” Cates can play with the best in the world at the high-stakes cash-game tables. How will he fare on the tournament felt?.
The Brits had a terrific 2010 WSOP and joining the contingent this year is 2010 EPT Vilamoura winner Toby Lewis. Learn more about him.
Taylor von Kriegenbergh is on quite the heater heading into his first WSOP. Recently, he won the WPT Seminole Hard Rock Showdown for $1,122,340. We've profiled him, so you can learn more.
Zach "HustlerGrune" Gruneberg first came on the scene with a sixth-place showing at the 2009 Aussie Millions Main Event and has won about $2 million online since then. Read more about his poker story.
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