BLUFF Presents the WPT Season XIII Ones to Watch

Garrett Greer, one of the seven 'Ones to Watch' for Season XIII, is part of the Day 1 field in the WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic. (Tim Fiorvanti photo)

Garrett Greer, one of the seven ‘Ones to Watch’ for Season XIII, is part of the Day 1 field in the WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic. (Tim Fiorvanti photo)

Since Season IX of the World Poker Tour, a small group of players labeled as the ‘Ones to Watch’ has been singled out for attention during each season of WPT television broadcasts. For Season XIII, the WPT has partnered with BLUFF.com in selecting seven players worthy of that recognition from a wide swath of the poker community.

Four of those players – Garrett Greer, Vlad Mezheritsky, Jose Serratos and Justin Zaki – have been fortunate enough to make a WPT final table. Zaki’s third place finish in the Season IX Seminole Hard Rock Showdown is the best result among this group, but after making an appearance and falling short of a WPT title, each player will have their story told in more depth throughout this season of WPT broadcasts.

“Well, being a ‘Ones to Watch’ is awesome,” said Greer. “It’s pretty validating. I’ve played maybe 12 or 13 WPTs, but I’ve been pretty successful in most of them – cashing about half of them and unofficially final tabling like three of them. I know that I’ve done really well in the last year and a half but to be a ‘Ones to Watch’… when I got the call, I was just exuberant.”

Joining them are three players who are fresh faces to the WPT audience. Daniel ‘dDeoxyribo’ has over $1.1 million in lifetime online tournament earnings, but just three WPT cashes to his credit. Candace Collins had her first deep run in a major event in March, finishing 14th in the WPT Bay 101 Shooting Star, and she’s still making her way up the ranks of the tournament circuit. Kristy Arnett, a long-time veteran of the poker media, looks to transition successfully and channel her cash game prowess on the tournament circuit.

“It’s completely surreal for me,” said Collins. “Last year I just had the opportunity to start playing [on] the World Poker Tour, and I really idolize a lot of the former Ones to Watch players.”

The wide variety of players selected as ‘Ones to Watch’ for Season XIII is representative of the poker community at large.

“It’s become a really great vehicle to show the depth and the complexity of the poker world,” said Adam Pliska, president of the WPT. “While we have introduced a handful of [these] players, and you’ve seen them on segments here and there on WPT, this gives a far better chance to show who those people are.”

While selection for this prestigious honor is significant in and of itself, each of these players hopes to make something of their chance in the spotlight.

“I mean, I’d clearly like to make a few final tables and go deep in a few more,” said Strelitz “Actually, one of my goals is to get a bounty at Bay 101 – I’m really looking forward to that [event].”

The BLUFF.com WPT Ones to Watch

Garrett Greer

Hometown – Helmet, CA
Live Tournament Earnings –$767,096
WPT Cashes – 5
WPT Final Tables – 1
Best WPT Finish – 6th, Season XII WPT Bay 101 Shooting Star

Vlad Mezheritsky

Hometown – Brooklyn, NY
Live Tournament Earnings – $302,400
WPT Cashes – 3
WPT Final Tables – 1
Best WPT Finish – 5th, Season XII WPT Borgata Poker Open

Candace Collins

Hometown – Redding, CA
Live Tournament Earnings – $87,256
WPT Cashes – 1
WPT Final Tables – 0
Best WPT Finish – 14th, Season XII Bay 101 Shooting Star

Jose Serratos

Hometown – Detroit, MI
Live Tournament – $490,339
WPT Cashes – 1
WPT Final Tables – 1
Best WPT Finish – 3rd, Season XIII WPT Borgata Poker Open

Justin Zaki

Hometown – St. Petersburg, FL
Live Tournament Earnings – $1,251,279
WPT Cashes – 10
WPT Final Tables – 1
Best WPT Finish – 3rd, Season IX WPT Seminole Hard Rock Showdown

Daniel Strelitz

Hometown – Torrance, CA
Live Tournament Earnings – $910,291
WPT Cashes – 3
WPT Final Tables – 0
Best WPT Finish – 33rd, Season XIII WPT Legends of Poker

Kristy Arnett

Hometown – San Diego, CA
Live Tournament Earnings – $15,331
WPT Cashes – 0

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Tim Fiorvanti

Tim Fiorvanti graduated from St. John's University with a B.S. in Journalism in 2008. After several years in the industry, he started working for BLUFF in the summer of 2010. He worked his way up at BLUFF and joined full time as a Senior Writer in April of 2012. Fiorvanti now serves as the Managing Editor of BLUFF. He's a tortured Mets and Jets fan, along with several other frustrating allegiances, but he's also a two-time defending BLUFF Fantasy Football Champion.
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