recently caught up with a few of this year’s World Series of Poker Bracelet winners as well as a few well-known personalities in the poker community to ask them for their November Nine predictions. This is what some of them had to say.
"I find it hard to pick against the chip leader Darvin Moon. Although very inexperienced, in a relatively short amount of playing time I think the big money will win.  Plus, he's a really nice guy."
- TJ Cloutier
"I hereby predict that Jeff Shulman will win the 2009 Main Event. I feel that he is the only player that has two ways to win this thing: Either outplay his opponents or lucksack his way to victory. Godspeed."
- Bryan Micon
"I think Phil Ivey will win. The other players will stay out of confrontations until Phil has enough chips to push them around." 
- Barry Greenstein
"I am coaching Jeff Shulman, and the way Jeff plays may well shock the world!!  So I am predicting that Jeff Shulman will win it all!  If Ivey gets to 25 million in chips he will be tough!"
- Phil Hellmuth
"Moon has a big chip lead.  Ivey has a big skill lead, but trails in chips by 6 to 1. Ivey will go all out to win, so I predict he will either be first or second or, unfortunately more likely, first or second to be eliminated.  Still,  I have to pick Moon to win.  He will be followed by 2 of the next 3 chip counts, therefore I also think second and third will go to Buchman, Begleiter or Schulman in any order."
- Steve Zolotow
"I am selecting Eric Buchman. He is in a solid 2nd place in chips. In his interviews he seems to have a very professional attitude and the proper disregard for money in order to gamble correctly at the final table. As a fellow 7-Stud player, I think Eric has acquired the ability to adjust to different situations at the Stud tables."
- David Bach
$50,000 H.O.R.S.E. World Champion
"I predict my local boy, Joseph Cada, will take this down. He's in the middle of the pack right now. He has the stamina, the willpower and the confidence to win this tournament. He is the youngest player at the table, but in experience he ranks in with the top guys. I think it's our team's time to shine. We had a great WSOP, all of us combined and look forward to continuing our streak."
- Anthony Harb
Event #11 $2,000 No Limit Hold'em Bracelet Winner
"I think Joe Cada will be the Main Event champion. I think the youngest winner record will fall for the second straight year. The young guys have pretty good knowledge and stamina to go all the way."
- Travis Johnson
Event #7 $2,000 No Limit Hold'em Bracelet Winner
"I see no reason why Phil Ivey wouldn't win the WSOP Main Event because he is simply the best there is."
- Lisa Hamilton
2009 Ladies No Limit Hold'em World Champion
"I think it is anybody's ballgame. Phil Ivey has a long way to climb. I predict it will be one of the three in the middle of the field. Congratulations to all nine for their unbelievable accomplishment."
- Mike Davis
2009 Seniors No Limit Hold'em World Champion
"Even though he has a tremendous chip disadvantage, Ivey is the best player in the world and he's destined to win the Main Event to cement the legacy and mystique that is Phil Ivey. This year is as good as any for him to do it."
- Jordan Smith
Event #36 $2,000 No Limit Hold'em Bracelet Winner
"I think Phil Ivey is the favorite to win at 3.8 to 1, but not the favorite to last longer than anyone. In fact, I've already bet a substantial amount on Ivey in a must win bet against chip leader Darvin Moon."
- Daniel Negreanu
"Picking Phil Ivey as the winner... or hopefully he gets in the top 3... I have a side bet going that he will finish in the top 3."
- Brian Lemke
Event #15 $5,000 No Limit Hold'em Bracelet Winner
"Eric [Buchman] will win."
- Jorg Peisert
Event #55 $3,000 Triple Chance No Limit Hold'em Bracelet Winner
"I think Ivey's experience will ultimately prevail, and he will take home the bracelet and the cash."
- Ray Foley
Event #15 winner $5,000 No Limit Hold'em Bracelet Winner
"I think Phil Ivey has the best chance of winning this year's WSOP.  He is one of, if not the best player in the world right now, has tremendous experience and composure, and is due the recognition for his abilities. I hope the poker gods are with him!"
- Mary Jones
"Well, I guess most are going to say Phil Ivey and I would love to see that myself, but if I had to pick a winner, I guess I would say Jeff Shulman because he has lots of experience watching and playing poker. He is a student of the game and was playing good cards and catching good cards. I would bet on him to win... Although I hope he doesn't throw away the bracelet."
- Mike Eise
Event #28 $1,500 No Limit Hold'em Bracelet Winner