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2010 World Series of Poker: PokerNews Staff Predictions Part 1

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With all the preparations we've been making for the 2010 World Series of Poker Main Event Final Table, we haven't had much time to do anything else. One thing we did have time for, however, was making predictions for this weekend. After using a series of complex mathematical equations, we're pretty sure at least one of us got this right — we hope.

Matthew Parvis, Editor-in-Chief/Executive Producer

1. Michael "The Grinder" Mizrachi
2. Joesph Cheong
3. John Dolan
4. Jonathan Duhamel
5. John Racener
6. Soi Nguyen
7. Matthew Jarvis
8. Jason Senti
9. Fillippo Candio

Who will be the most active player?

Michael Mizrachi has a propensity for liking to get involved. While I think he may choose his spots a little more conservatively early, if he can build to his stack in the first two levels, I expect Grinder to be involved in a lot of action.

Who will be the tightest player?

If I'm John Dolan, I'm playing it pretty close to the vest. He's got plenty of chips to move up a lot on the money ladder, and he's got the chip leader Jonathan Duhamel who can do a lot more of the dirty work, by eliminating some of the shorter stacks. You hear me Dolan? Simmer down out there.

How long will it take to get heads up?

If history is an indicator, it's going to be a long day and night on Saturday. I think we'll be heads up after 14 hours of play.

How many hands heads-up play will consist of?

In what will be the most insane heads-up battle in poker history, the heads-up part of the Main Event will last exactly three hands.

Look into your crystal ball, what do you see?

If Matthew Jarvis wins the Main Event, I will get at least five posts on my Facebook wall congratulating me.

Kristy Arnett, PokerNews Producer/Hostess

1. Joseph Cheong
2. Michael Mizrachi
3. Matthew Jarvis
4. Soi Nguyen
5. John Racener
6. Filippo Candio
7. Jonathan Duhamel
8. Jason Senti
9. John Dolan

Who will be the most active player?

John Racener will be the most active. He is experienced in live tournaments and will likely feel the most comfortable. Often, I would pick Michael Mizrachi, but I think he's going to take the tight aggressive approach given the way he played short-stacked throughout the tournament. I think he fell into a comfort spot and will continue playing that way.

Who will be the tightest player?

Soi Nguyen. I think the amateur in him will freeze him up a bit.

How long will it take to get heads up?

Last year, it took 20+. I predict nearly the same this year. Everyone is so deep.

How many hands heads up play will consist of?

One hand - [Laughs] Here's hoping!

Look into your crystal ball, what do you see?

I predict Joseph Cheong will kill it. I've never seen someone handle such a horrendous beat with such grace. He battled back to put himself in a position to win. Nothing rattles this guy. I also predict that the beat dressed at the table will be John Racener.

Chad Holloway, Staff Writer/Tournament Reporter

These are as good as gold. I know you all didn't know me last year, but I successfully predicted Cada to win it all then. 'Nuf said.

1. John Racener
2. Jonathan Duhamel
3. John Dolan
4. Michael Mizrachi
5. Matthew Jarvis
6. Joseph Cheong
7. Soi Nguyen
8. Filippo Candio
9. Jason Senti

Who will be the most active player?

This is a tossup between John Racener and Michael Mizrachi. Both are established pros who care more about the bracelet than the money. With that said, neither will be afraid to mix it up. Given that Mizrachi has a short stack and needs to pick his spots more carefully, I think Racener will be the most active player. He has the chips to see some flops, and I expect some his aggressive play will turn out to be quite successful.

Who will be the tightest player?

Jonathan Duhamel may have been the table sheriff throughout Day 8, but I expect he’ll slow down with his monster chip lead. There are a lot of short stacks (in comparison to his), so I imagine he’ll be content to let them battle among themselves.

How long will it take to get heads up?

Fourteen hours. Given the time it took to burst the November Nine bubble, I can’t imagine that any of them are going to leave without a fight. Everyone will play cautiously and choose spots carefully, which will make for a long day of play.

How many hands heads-up play will consist of?

This could vary largely based upon the two players who make it to heads-up play; however, based upon my predictions, I think it’ll be Racener squaring off against Duhamel. I predict Duhamel, who will have played patiently getting to heads-up, will shift gears and fall back into his aggressive ways. Given that Racener won’t be afraid to race, I think heads up will last less than 50 hands. I’ll say 26 just to pick a number.

Look into your crystal ball, what do you see?

Just like Dennis Phillips in 2008 and Darvin Moon in 2009, I think the monster chip leader, Jonathan Duhamel, will make it deep but come up just short of the title. I also think Michael Mizrachi will grind himself into a position to win it all, and don’t get me wrong, I want him to win it just as much as anyone.

Gloria Balding, PokerNews Senior Producer/Hostess

Don't ask me why, but I had a dream and this is what the results were.

1. Matthew Jarvis
2. John Racener
3. Jonathan Duhamel
4. John Dolan
5. Michael Mizrachi
6. Filippo Candio
7. Joeseph Cheong
8. Jason Senti
9. Soi Nguyen

Who will be the most active player?

Candio

Who will be the tightest player?

Mizrachi

How long will it take to get heads up?

15.25 hours

How many hands heads up play will consist of?

57

Look into your crystal ball, what do you see?

Mizrachi is more afraid of finishing seventh than finishing runner-up. His friends Chino Rheem and Ivey went out in 7th. He considers the spot cursed. Once past seventh I see him loosening up, but getting trapped.

Check back Saturday morning for the rest of the staff's predictions and remember to keep it locked to the Live Reporting page as the Live Reporting Team brings you all the action from the felt inside the Penn & Teller Theater in the Rio All Suites Hotel and Casino.

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