The WSOP released its top 20 names (so far) in the Tournament of Champions fan voting today. Here’s the list:
Doyle Brunson / Johnny Chan / T.J. Cloutier / Allen Cunningham / Antonio Esfandiari / Sam Farha / Chris Ferguson / Barry Greenstein / Joe Hachem / Jennifer Harman / Dan Harrington / Phil Hellmuth / Phil Ivey / John Juanda / Howard Lederer / Daniel Negreanu / Scotty Nguyen / Greg Raymer / Huck Seed / Erik Seidel
Some pretty surprising results (so far). Let’s break them down into three categories:
1. Where the Eff Are They? Some names we’re surprised are not in the top 20 (yet): Chris Moneymaker, Peter Eastgate, Joe Cada, Erick Lindgren, Dennis Phillips. (<–joke)
2. Seriously? People Care About These Guys? Some names we’re surprised are in the top 20 (so far): Sam Farha (over Moneymaker? did we lose a war?), Dan Harrington, John Juanda (deserves to be there just didn’t think people cared), Huck Seed (ditto).
3. Really? Greg Raymer? …Really? Greg Raymer.
As it stand right now, it’s a competent list that won’t make good TV unless Hellmuth, Negreanu, Ivey, etc. make the final table. We’d like to see some of the online guys who mix up play and go hyper-aggro (Prahlad Friedman, Annette Obrestad, Jason Mercier, and OMGClayAiken, for example) get in there, but it’s probably not going to happen, now matter how many free-throws Spirit Rock can drain in 60 seconds.
Also…Raymer and first-class a-hole non-fan-favorite Farha (just vote for Men the Master while you’re at it) over Moneymaker? Did we mention that?
Who are you most surprised isn’t in the top 20 (yet)?