The 2012 World Series of Poker is past the halfway point and the WSOP Main Event is quickly approaching. Every year, thousands of players come out to the WSOP Main Event in hopes of becoming a poker legend and getting their share of millions in prize money. They range from amateur and pro poker players, actors, athletes, and yes, plenty of metalheads, including a couple of big stars of the industry. Here are a couple that you can expect to see in the 2012 WSOP Main Event.
Scott Ian is probably one of the most well known metalheads that is a lock to appear in the WSOP Main Event this year. Ian has been seen at the WSOP and other events since 2007 after taking down a celebrity poker charity event. His prize for winning the event was a trip to the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure where he met a couple of big name pros. They took him under their wing and eventually Ian was a sponsored online poker player.
So far, Ian has not made the money at the WSOP Main Event, but he has made it past day one on numerous occasions. That in itself is quite a feat considering that thousands of players fail to make it past Day 1. However, all it takes is a good run at the right time to propel a player deep into the Main Event, and Ian could be rocking the house this year.
Another big name that will surely show up is Godsmack's Sully Erna. Erna has been featured in the WSOP news page on http://www.pokerlistings.com/live-tournaments/wsop and other sites for years, especially after his impressive runs in 2006 and 2007. Both those years, Erna made the money of the WSOP Main Event, an accomplishment that is rare by even the best players in the world.
To give you an idea of what type of an accomplishment that is, each year the event hosts around 6,000 players or more. Only the top 10 percent make the money in the event, meaning you have to outlast over 5,000 other players. To do that in one year is quite a feat, but doing it in back to back years shows that you have the chops to play the game. Erna hasn't come close to the same success since those two years at the Main Event, but he will definitely be on everyone's radar screen due to his past success.
While many wouldn't normally give Ian or Erna any realistic chance of winning the WSOP Main Event, the same was said about an unknown accountant from Tennessee named Chris Moneymaker in 2003. He shocked the poker world by coming out of nowhere and winning $2 Million at the WSOP. His story has inspired millions and is the reason why metalheads and others take their shot at the Main Event. Anyone can win, and if Erna, Ian, or another metalhead can take it down, you can be sure they will have one bitchin' party afterwards.
EDITORS NOTE: Shortly after this piece went to press, MaF received word personally from Scott Ian informing us that he would not be playing at the WSOP. We are happy to amend the information given in this piece accordingly and apologise for any confusion caused.