World Series of Poker: Odds favor American winner, no women at Final Table

Jeff Bottari

Texas Holdem players are getting primed for the unofficial world championship of poker, and there are plenty of intriguing World Series of Poker odds for the casual fan to get behind.

Twenty-one bracelets have already been handed out at this year's World Series of Poker, leaving 41 more to be won, including the $10,000 no-limit hold 'em Main Event hardware.

And odds are stacked heavily in favor of an American claiming victory in the unofficial world championship of Texas Holdem held annually at the Rio in Paradise, Las Vegas,

The price on an American winning the WSOP main event was -150, while a winner from anywhere else in the world was being offered at +110.

Six of the last 11 WSOP champions have been Americans, including last year's winner, Greg Merson.

The WSOP odds at Bovada offer a price of +700 on a female making it to the final table of 2013 WSOP main event. No female has made it to the final table since Barbara Enright became the first and so far only woman to do it in 1995. But a couple of the gals came close last year, when Gaelle Baumann and Elisabeth Hille finished 10th and 11th, respectively.

What about past champions? Well, as of earlier this week Bovada was offering a price of +700 on a past main event winner making the final table of this year's main event.

For a while recently it seemed "kids" had taken over the high-stakes poker world. College students, as well as college drop-outs, seemed to dominate final tables and poker headlines.

But there is a different picture for this year's WSOP; a favored price of -150 has been tagged on the age of this year's main event champion being 27 years or older, while a winner under 27 years old is getting a price of +110.

Finally, the betting line was -140 on the winning/final hand at the main event consisting of two pair or better, while a hand of one pair or worse was getting +100.

The much-hyped WSOP Millionaire Maker event got the 2013 edition of the tournament off to a blazing start and some of the world's top players are involved this week in Omaha Hi/Lo events.

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