Recently Tight Poker reported that PartyBets set the odds for all 48 participants in the upcoming Party Poker World Open V. Those who would like some expert advice on who to pick in the upcoming tournament can also turn to the Party Poker Blog where longtime Party Poker spokesman and World Poker Tour host Mike Sexton has posted a full breakdown of all six heats complete with his picks on who will advance.
Sexton’s exhaustive breakdown of each of the eight-person heats offers 3-4 choices from each table. In addition to naming his picks, Sexton gives some insight on why he thinks these players will be so tough to beat. Some of the players Sexton touts as ones to watch include 21-year old online pro Yevgeniy “Jovial Gent” Timoshenko, Neil Channing, Andrew Black, Bruno Fitoussi, Tom “durrrr” Dwan and, of course, himself.
Fitoussi and Dwan are both competing in Heat Six, but Sexton gives the edge to the young gun. “This guy is taking the poker world by storm and you have got to make him favorite here”, Sexton explained. He did give a lot of credit to Fitoussi as well though. Even though the Frenchman is better known as the operator of the popular Aviation Club, Sexton suggests Fitoussi, “plays a better game than people think.”
Some of Sexton’s kindest words were reserved for Timoshenko, whom Sexton first became familiar with when Timoshenko won the $25,000 buy-in World Poker Tour Championship event at Bellagio back in April. Timoshenko defeated a tough table that featured Scotty Nguyen and online pros Christian “charder” Harder, Shannon Shorr and Bertrand “ElKY” Grospellier. While Sexton was more than impressed with his results and his style of play, the longtime poker host also had choice words about his demeanor in the tournament. “I am so impressed with him, before the final table of the WPT Championship he went out and bought a suit and got a haircut! He is one of the good guys in poker”, he claimed. Considering Sexton is widely perceived as one of the premiere ambassadors of the game, Timoshenko should be ecstatic to hear the elder statesman holds him in such high regard.
Sexton inadvertently hinted that Heat Two, which features a lineup that includes Phil Laak, recent WSOP and WSOPE bracelet winner JP Kelly and Remy Biechel, might be the weakest group of the six. While Sexton claims the field is an extremely tough one overall, he said he would rather play in Heat Two than his own heat, which pits him against the likes of Jennifer Tilly, Neil Channing and Roland de Wolfe. Sexton claims he, “won’t be a walkover for anybody”, but thinks that Channing, who has traditionally performed well in this format, might be the man to beat.
The rest of Sexton’s thoughts can be found at the official Party Poker blog. Below are the lineups for each of the six preliminary heats:
Heat One
Andy Ward
James Akenhead
Luke “Full_Flush1” Schwartz
Yevgeniy “Jovial Gent” Timoshenko
Jason Adams
Ian Frazer
Christian Schafer
Heat Two
Phil Laak
Simon Zach
Andy Greekfish
Nathan Lee
JP Kelly
Remy Biechel
Wayne O’Brien
Gustav Ekerot
Heat Three
Sammy George
Jennifer Tilly
Paul Zimbler
Neil Channing
Roland De Wolfe
Mike Sexton
Patrick Funke
Robert Sherwood
Heat Four
Scott Fischman
Ryan Fronda
Layne Flack
Simon Craig
Antoine Saout
Teddy Sheringham
Johannes Nord Jorgensen
Fabian Quoss
Heat Five
Liam Flood
Andy Black
TBC
John Magill
Andrew Feldman
Bodo Sbrzesny
Paulo Melo
Richard Makkinnon
Heat Six
Marty Smyth
Roberto Romanello
Ellis Reuben
Dixie
Tom Dwan
Bruno Fitoussi
Felipe “Mojave” Ramos

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