Interesting scenario recently came up on Kid Dynamite‚Äôs site (which, incidentally, is a site you absolutely should be reading).
The scenario is this: of the ex-something poker players (Internet millionaires, hair-stylists, magicians, or backgammoners), who would win a quad-table-heads-up-shoot-out?
All of the representative groups have serious cred. The EX-Internet Millionaires (Gordon, Phillips) own one WSOP ME final table, two WPT titles, and over $3 mil in career tournament earnings. The EX-Magicians (Esfandiari, Lazar) own one WSOP ME final table, one WSOP bracelet, one WPT title, and almost $4 mil in career tournament earnings. The EX-Hair-Stylists (Judah, Traniello) (sounds like a great name for some sort of gay cover band) own two WSOP bracelets, one WPT title, the most cashes in this year’s WSOP, and about $2.5 mil in career tournament earnings. Finally, the EX-Backgammoners (Hansen, Magriel) own three WPT titles (the Bad Boys one Hansen won doesn’t count) and about $3 mil in career earnings.
With that in mind, let‚Äôs set-up the fictitious scenario at right.
Who would win? Do you ride the hot hand of Marco Traniello and his seven WSOP cashes this year? Esfandiari came in 4th at the National Heads-Up Championship. His aggressive style suits heads-up play. Judah and Phillips have cashed like crazy in events. They’re always dangerous, as is the unpredictable Gus Hansen and Paul Magriel. And Phil Gordon is the future prez, for something’s sake.
So please, give us your thoughts on this important topic: Who wins this heads-up battle…and why?