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2012 $25,000 WSOP Fantasy Draft

By , Rakeback.com Poker News Editor

In the days just ahead of the World Series of Poker, many of the world's top poker pros convened in Las Vegas to hold a $25,000 buy-in fantasy draft.

Each participating team began with 200 points to spend on 8 players. Player names were called out and an auction was held - the highest bidder for each player got to add them to their team.

Scoring is heavily weighted towards reaching final tables, and events with higher buy-ins are worth more than events with lower buy-ins. Volume is key when drafting - players who spend too much time playing online poker or playing cash games aren't good picks even if their poker skills are world-class.

The 5 priciest players were Phil Ivey (99 points), Jason Mercier (83), Daniel Negreanu (83), Eugene Katchalov (83), and Bertrand 'ElkY' Grospellier (69).

Check out the teams, alongside the price of each player:

Team Jason Mercier

Jason Mercier - 83
Josh Arieh - 23
Allen Bari - 38
Joe Cassidy - 24
John Monnette - 23
Shannon Shorr - 1
Brett Richey - 3
John D'Agostino - 5

Team Cary Katz

Erik Seidel - 30
David Baker - 50
Bertrand Grospellier - 69
Richard Ashby - 21
Doc Sands - 11
Gavin Smith - 1
Ike Haxton - 6
Sam Tricket - 12

Team Sorel Mizzi

Alex Kuzmin - 23
Robert Mizrachi - 39
Justin Bonomo - 57
Tom Dwan - 48
Chau Giang - 5
Men Nguyen - 10
Ben Yu - 1
Chris Klodnicki - 10

Team Todd Brunson, Frank Kassela & Doyle Brunson

Ben Lamb - 35
Phil Hellmuth - 50
Ali Eslami - 29
Frank Kassella - 7
David Bach - 31
Dario Alioto - 1
Todd Brunson - 2
Jeff Lisandro - 45

Team Daniel Negreanu

Daniel Negreanu - 83
Eugene Katchalov - 83
Viktor Blom - 1
Vanessa Selbst - 5
Owais Ahmed - 3
Alexander Kostritsyn - 23
Marco Johnson - 1
Jonathan Duhamel - 1

Team Eugene Katchalov

John Juanda - 56
Dan Kelly - 59
Brian Hastings - 17
Nick Schulman - 37
Yuval Bronstein - 5
Chris Lee - 1
Abe Mosseri - 3
Andrey Zaichenko - 22

Team Justin Smith

Daniel Alaei - 49
Matt Glantz - 65
Chad Brown - 22
David Chiu - 30
Dan Shak - 18
Huck Seed - 4
Fabrice Soulier - 3
David Benyamine - 9

Team David Bach & Josh Arieh

Scott Seiver - 62
Justin Smith - 40
Scott Clements - 36
Mike Gordinsky - 17
Eli Elezra - 11
George Lind - 30
Lee Goldman - 1
Sebastien Sabic - 3

Team Robert Mizrachi

Michael Mizrachi - 56
Shaun Deeb - 60
Barry Greenstein - 31
Mike Matusow - 7
Jon Turner - 31
Brock Parker - 1
Eric Froehlich - 4
Joe Tehan - 1

Team Brian Hastings

Phil Ivey - 99
Shawn Buchanan - 65
Tom Marchese - 20
Joe Serock - 8
Steve O'Dwyer - 5
Andrew Brown - 1
Minh Ly - 1
Mike McDonald - 1

Team Bryn Kenney

Sorel Mizzi  - 42
Bryn Kenney - 50
Allen Kessler - 24
Steve Billirakis - 36
Michael Binger - 10
David Baker - 7
Stephen Chidwick - 5
Paul Volpe - 26


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