Players can place wagers on each of the final nine players to win the event or on the top two finishers (quinella). Czech Poker Pro and chip lead Martin Staszko is the overall favorite with 3/1 odds to win this year’s event, followed by Irish Pro Eoghan O’Dea in Second Place with 17/5 (3.6 to 1) odds. This year’s underdogs are  Anton Makiievskyi from Ukraine with 11/1 odds and Sam Holden from UK with 14/1 odds.

For the first time ever, Nevada gambling regulations are allowing casinos to offer odds and lines on non-sporting events. On July 15th, the Nevada Gaming Control Board provided approval to accept wagers on the 2011 WSOP NLHE Main Event Championship.

Early this month, Wynn Las Vegas became the first Las Vegas casino to offer wagers on non-sporting events when the Race and Sports Book began taking bets on the first rounds of the 2011 WSOP Main Event. Lines included whether a woman would finish higher than 40th and whether poker legends Johnny Chan, Allen Cunningham or Erik Seidel would win money in the event.

“This is a great event for wagers. Not only will gamblers be betting on other gamblers, but non-gamblers who just have a love of poker and follow this event every year can get in on the action too.” said Wynn Race and Sports Director Johnny Avello.

2011 WSOP Main Event Odds:

Martin Staszko – 40,175,000 in chips: 3/1
Eoghan O’Dea – 33,925,000 in chips: 17/5
Matt Giannetti  – 24,750,000 in chips: 6/1
Phil Collins  – 23,875,000 in chips: 6/1
Ben Lamb – 20,875,000 in chips: 6/1
Badih Bou-Nahra  – 19,700,000 in chips: 7/1
Pius Heinz  – 16,425,000 in chips: 10/1
Anton Makiievskyi  – 13,825,000 in chips: 11/1
Sam Holden – 12,375,000 in chips: 14/1

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