Who will be the Big Winners of the 2010 WSOP?

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The 2010 WSOP commences, and poker-on-line will be there to bring you all the goodies from this glorious poker event.

What can we expect this year from the 41st World Series of Poker? Who will be the big winners of the most prestigious event in the world of poker?

Let’s look at the big winners of the last season of the World Championship, maybe it can help us speculate.

The 2009 championship was one of the most exciting and surprising series in the history of the WSOP. Famous players left the tournament with no bracelets, while new comers made the headlines, and then there was one Phil Ivey who won 2 golden bracelets, but failed to get the most important one, from the main event.

Final table of the main event was crowded with unfamiliar faces, some arrived at the main event, after qualifying through a satellite (like Darvin Moon). Joe Cada, who eventually won the main event, was the youngest player ever to become champion of the poker world.

So where were the famous faces, when young Cada took the crown (or a bracelet in this case)? How did they do in the 2009 championship?

Phil Hellmuth, who holds the record for the highest number of bracelets (11) had a really bad tournament last year. He didn’t manage to win a single bracelet, or even enter a final table.

Doyle Brunson, who decided to take it easy on the 2009 tournament, went home without a major accomplishment, or a bracelet.

Eric Seidel, who won a total of 8 bracelets in his career made it to the fourth place in the charity event Ante Up for Africa, but couldn’t do better in any of the other events.

Daniel Negreanu, one of the most famous players in the world today, holding 4 bracelets, participated in as many as 8 2010 WSOP events and managed to win none.

In fact, of the 20 players ranked at the top of the number of WSOP bracelets list, only one player – Phil Ivey managed to win an event (two in his case) in the 2009 tournament.

So what will happen this year? Will the big names be able to recreate their previous winnings? Or are we going to see another wave of newcomers conquering the poker tables at the Rio Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas?

Stay tuned to poker-on-line coverage and you will find out.