LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwired - May 28, 2013) - Next-gen 3D poker room PKR.com has today opened an array of betting markets on the 44th World Series of Poker, which begins next week in Las Vegas. The world's foremost poker festival will feature 62 tournaments spanning eight weeks, with top players in attendance including 13-time champion Phil Hellmuth. The American, who picked up his 12th WSOP bracelet at last year's Series and his 13th bracelet earlier this year at the WSOP Europe, can be backed at 11/10 with PKR Sportsbook to win number 14 this summer.
Fellow poker legends Phil Ivey and Daniel Negreanu are also the subject of betting markets from the London-based poker room, while a number of markets are available for the $10,000 Main Event, including a female player to reach the final nine. Four members of Team PKR Pro - Vladimir Geshkenbein, Sofia Lovgren, Scott Shelley and Simon Hemsworth - can be collectively backed at 25/1 to pick up a WSOP title.
PKR's Head of Content & PR Dan Grant is glad the site is returning to the unusual waters of poker betting. "Given the profile and prestige of the World Series of Poker, it's surprising so few operators offer odds. But at our core we are poker fans, we love a good sweat on the Series and so do our players. Last year we took plenty of stick for pricing Hellmuth at 4/5 to win a bracelet. But we'd done our homework, and were happy with the price. But many of our punters were too, and when Phil did the business we got stung! But we're back for more this year and I think Phil must have just as good a shot at collecting gold again, so we're courting disaster by offering bigger than evens. Given his record and the incredible number of final tables he reaches, I don't see the price lasting long."
"The Main Event field size market is a fascinating one and really divides opinion. The number of entrants fell for two successive years in 2011 (6,865) and 2012 (6,598), and we expect that trend to continue, with our line at 6,466. But for a number of reasons some are more bullish than us so who knows, we could see a bump."
|Phil Hellmuth to win a WSOP bracelet: Yes 11/10 No 8/13|
|Phil Ivey to win a bracelet: Yes 11/10 No 8/13|
|Daniel Negreanu to win a bracelet: Yes 7/4 No 4/11|
|WSOP Main Event field size: Under 6,466 5/6 6,466 or more 5/6|
|Female player to reach WSOP Main Event final nine: Yes 9/4 No 1/4|
View odds on the WSOP and other sports at the PKR Sportsbook here: https://bet.pkr.com/en/.
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