2008 ESPN Fantasy Poker League III Draft Live Blogging For Some Reason

Ok…the third annual ESPN WSOP Fantasy Poker Draft is set to begin around 4:15 EST. As Entity Chops will be participating, we’ll be live blogging the selection process. Last year, Chops held the lead going into the $10k PLO + rebuys event, but was overtaken by eventual winner Gavin Smith. The draft order has just been released. It is below.

Gavin Smith / Lance Bradley / Joe Sebok / Mark Seif / Peter "Nordberg" Feldman / Andrew "Mordberg" Feldman / Daniel Negreanu / Gary Wise / Bill Edler / Bernard Lee / Chops

Check back around 4:15 EST for more…

4:20 EST – Draft hasn’t started yet but Gary Wise brought up this engaging vid where Allen Kesseler talks about beastiality.

4:25 EST – We’re all waiting on Gavin to get here. He’s first pick.

4:35 EST – Gavin still not here so moved to the last pick…Lance starts it off with Allen Cunningham.

4:40 EST – Good link sent to us during the draft here.

4:41 EST – Worst live blog ever?

4:50 EST – ……

5:15 EST – If you think this live blog is brutal, you should actually be part of this draft.

5:18 EST – Sebok is falling asleep. Nordberg is beating his head against a wall.

5:20 EST – Sebok instant analysis: Top to bottom, side to side, my team is mighty dominant.  I would lay a large amount of money on this.  Fo sho.  Nordberg’s team is easily the weakest.  His picking style was laughable, at best.  Seebs out.

5:25 EST – Nordberg instant analysis: Well I think I have a good team. The success of my team hinges on the Internet players I took. Sebok: Who’s your team? Nordberg: I don’t remember. Oh I did take Jordan Rich. He’s a pain in the ass to play against. So he must be good.

Here are the list of teams:

Lance – Allen Cunningham / Andy Bloch / Gus Hansen / Michael Mizrachi / Sorel Mizzi / Berry Johnston / Roland De Wolfe / Andy Black

Sebok – Barry Greenstein / Scott Clements / Gavin Griffin / Tom Dwan / Steve Sung / Cory Carroll / Thor Hansen / Brian Devonshire

Seif – Daniel Negreanu / Ted Forrest / David Chiu / Chau Giang / Howard Lederer / Huck Seed / Annie Duke David Benyamine

Nordberg: Phil Hellmuth / Robert Mizrachi / Freddy Deeb / Justin Bonomo / Danny Wong / Shannon Shorr David Williams / Jordan Rich

Andrew Feldman: Phil Ivey Paul Wasicka Chad Brown Brandon Cantu Jeffrey Lissandro Jeff Madsen Mark Seif Bill Chen

Negreanu’s All-Asian Spectacular: John Juanda / Men Nguyen / Kenny Tran / John Phan / Johnny Chan / Anna Wrobielski / Toto Leonidas / Minh Nguyen (since the draft Negreanu, who missed the call, was allowed to drop Anna, Toto, Kenny, and Minh and pick up Scott Fischman, Mark Gregorich, Bill Gazes, and Ralph Perry)

Gary Wise: Chris Ferguson / Michael Binger / Humberto Brenes / David Singer / Tom Schneider / Alex Kravchenko / Minh Ly / Daniel Alaei

Edler: Erick Lindgren / Nam Le / Josh Arieh / John Hennigan / Alex Jacob / John Gale / Lee Markholt / Joe Tehan

Bernard Lee: Erik Seidel / David Pham / Patrik Antonius / Lee Watkinson / Todd Brunson / Robert Williamson Eric Lynch / Vivek Rejkumar

Chops: "Salty" Joe Hachem / The spectacularly breasted J.C. Tran / Scotty Nguyen / Jonathan Little / Carlos Mortenson / Greg Raymer / Joe Sebok / Darrell "Deep" Dicken

Gavin Smith: Bill Edler / Gavin Smith / Max Pescatori / Jordan Morgan / Amnon Fillipi / Mike Matusow / Chris Bell / Peter Feldman


6 Responses

  1. Mohammad

    November 23, 2015 1:13 am, Reply

    Hey Shamus, I am currently mnkiag an effort to read 5 poker bloggers thoughts daily. I have to say that yours is the most consistently entertaining ad interesting. Plus, you will always get extra credit points for your podcast.FR WHAT IT IS WORTH< I have finally made a final decision in my mind about the November 9 delay table. Was wondering what you thought…In my opinion…As soon as 4 days ago, I was willing to give the grand experiment the broadest of benefit of doubt status, and view the delay of the WSOP final table as potentially good for poker. There were lots of possible benefits. Near as I can now tell, the problems are now going to outweigh the single remaining benefit (IMO, that being the unknown increases interest over last year's known).Had there been a colorful well known pro (Mike the Mouth, Scotty, Doyle, even the poker brat)…Had there been a female…Had there been a celebrity…Had there been 9 anonymous players without a scandal associated…Heck, even Had there been a clever named player like Moneymaker…The lazy media (both civilian and poker) would concentrate on those stories. Instead, we have 8 unknown commodities and a known criminal. Sadly, I am going to guess that the next 4 months will be filled with stories putting our hobby in a negative light. Criminals mnkiag the final table could easily have been ignored had the fellow lost somewhere in the pack of nine. But the possibility is too exciting for the media to ignore. And finding different stories in the mix would take time. Combine the UB cheating scandal, the UIGEAmouse, and now criminals potentially walking away with millions and it is difficult to imagine poker being covered in anything but a negative light. In a year when we needed a shot in the arm with good publicity, we instead will be held up to guilt by association bad light. 60 Minutes, 20/20 and the rest just had an easy story to tell. The more complicated truth about the game will be given short shrift.Had the WSOP powers that be left the final table to be played out, this problem could have been lessened.But, I have one final related IMO…Imagine the coverage had the WSOP powers that be, labeled the $10,000 NLHE event as the most exciting event for any amateur sportsman possible (which it is), and labeled the $50,000 HORSE tournament as the true WSOP Championship main event. That final table would have been one worth waiting for. The stories that the media could have spun about Barry Greenstein (the Robin Hood of poker), Scotty Nguyen (a true, "only in America" story), Huck Seed (I have a warm spot in my heart for anyone who survived grade school with the name Huckleberry)… This table (and game) truly reflects the year's champion. Even the laziest of journalists would have found a more honest reflection of our hobby.Historically, the main event of the WSOP was determined to be NLHE to weed out the much more numerous Stud specialist of the time. Historically, the idea that NLHE was so rarely played that only a player conversant in total poker theory would be able to succeed. The game of poker as played now has evolved into NLHE specialist that can (and does often) wipe the floor with the buy ins of donkeys like me, but would be totally lost on a RAZZ or O8 table. Are there poker players left that truly believe that NLHE specialists are better poker players than HORSE players?Again, only my opinion, none of which is fact.

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