With the World Series of Poker getting underway tomorrow, some fresh faces will be making their debuts and hoping to leave their marks on the Rio felt in the next seven weeks. Last year, Joe Cada was not a household name. Now, he certainly is. Rookies have had a profound impact at the World Series and this year should prove to be no different. Throughout the past month, we have previewed several of these rookies. Most have recently turned 21, but other young players have been on the European Poker Tour and will be bringing their games to the Rio this summer. Here’s a look at several WSOP newbies you should keep an eye on:
Annette "Annette_15" Obrestad is not only considered by many to be the best female poker player, but among the best overall. She won the inaugural World Series of Poker Europe Main Event and the poker community has been eagerly awaiting her World Series of Poker debut in the states. The wait is over.
Jeff Sarwer has been making quite a name for himself on the European Poker Tour and has impressed the likes of Jonathan Aguiar and Shaun Deeb. Here’s why.
Carter Phillips won the EPT Barcelona Main Event in September and is looking to find similar success this summer. See what he has to say here.
Dan "djk123" Kelly has been crushing online tournaments for years en route to over $4 million in prize money. Learn more about him here.
Ashton Griffin is up over $5 million dollars playing the highest-stakes cash games online since the beginning of 2009. He recently won the $25,000 High Roller Bounty Shootout at the PokerStars North American Poker Tour Venetian stop for $560,000. Read more about his poker story here.
Jim "Mr_BigQueso" Collopy has turned his consistent online tournament success into consistent live success overseas. Find out more about him here.
Luke “_FullFlush1_” Schwartz is arguably poker’s newest villain and he’s just fine with that. Read about his poker successes and antics here.
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