The Year of The Comeback(TM)?

It was supposed to be The Year of the WomanTM? But that doesn’t look like it’ll happen now.

So is the 2010 WSOP now The Year of the ComebackTM?

Consider this:

:: Although he’s had a string of big cashes over the past few years, Michael “The Grinder” Mizrachi, for the most part, had fallen off from the top tiers of the poker mass consciousness. With a win in the $50k Player’s Championship (for $1,559,046) and a final table in the $10k 7CS championship, it’s like 2005/2006 all over again for Grinder.

:: Speaking of 2005, where the hell has Tex Barch been? After coming in third at the ’05 Main Event, Barch hasn’t done much. But he won a bracelet at this year’s WSOP in a PLO event and is among the early chip leaders in another [PLO event].

:: Speaking of the Main Event, what the fuck has gotten into Jerry Yang? After running like/praying to God in the ’07 Main Event, Yang literally had 1 cash in any event until this year. Then he finished 8th in the NBC National Heads-Up Poker Championship, and has three in-the-money finishes at this year’s WSOP.

:: Finally, speaking of three cashes in the 2010 WSOP, welcome back Ylon Schwartz. While he did have a final table at last year’s WSOP, aside from maybe banging Jenny Woo, haven’t heard much from Ylon either. But he’s been around page 1 on almost every chip count page this year, it seems.

So who’s ready to step up next? And would Men “The Master” Nguyen and Matt Matros‘ wins qualify in the comeback category?

Ooorrr…is it more of the Year of the Hey It’s You AgainTM?

UPDATE: Our friends at ESPN are calling it the Year of Redemption.


5 Responses

  1. unstoned

    June 16, 2010 10:08 am, Reply

    Dutch Boyd also qualifies in the “Hey I Remember You From a Coupla Years Ago… Where Ya Been?” category.

    Personally I’m rooting for the comeback of the Randy “the Dreamcrusher” Jensen. If only to see if he’s fixed his teeth since we saw him last…

  2. BJ Nemeth

    June 16, 2010 10:09 am, Reply

    I hadn’t thought of the Comeback angle, but there’s definitely a case to be made for it.

    I would definitely count Men Nguyen’s 7th bracelet as a comeback (he hasn’t done much in the Moneymaker era), but I would classify Matt Matros’ victory as “long overdue” rather than a comeback.

  3. danm

    June 16, 2010 5:22 pm, Reply

    Might Eric Buchman also count as a comeback, coming back from a non-storied Nov 9 finish to win a bracelet?

    Of course you might just call it The Year of Poker, or maybe Year of The Poker … as it would definitely apply and you could re-use it in the future.

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