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Posted by on Jul 14, 2013 in Blog, World Series of Poker | 0 comments

Making the WSOP Top 100 — Once in a Lifetime




Sometime around 9 pm last night, the 2013 World Series of Poker Main Event played down to its final 100 players.

Let’s put this into perspective.

This year’s world championship began ten days ago with 6,352 entrants.  Hence, those who made it this far represent about 1/63rd of the starting field.  Practically speaking, this means that for every seven poker tables full of players when the tournament started, just one player out of that entire group is still alive.

But making the “Top 100” is even more special than that.

Let’s say you’re an average poker player relative to all those who enter the WSOP Main Event.  In other words, you have about an equal chance of anyone in the middle of the pack – skill wise.  Expressed in years, how often would you expect to make the Top 100?

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Posted by on Jul 12, 2013 in Blog, World Series of Poker | 1 comment

The Next World Poker Champion is Inside this Room




It took one week to get here.

But after nearly seven straight days of the most intense gaming event of the year, every poker player still alive in the 2013 World Series of Poker Main Event is finally within the same room under one roof.

Indeed, the WSOP has become so big and successful that three starting days are necessary to accommodate the large field.  Moreover, three huge tournament rooms are filled with more than 400 poker tables.  Every player’s goal is to last as long as possible and play into the room which has the brightly-lit ESPN Main Stage.

About 5,700 players have already been eliminated.  That leaves less than 700 participants who are still alive in this year’s world poker championship.

We’ll hit the prize money sometime on Friday afternoon.  A few dozen players are going to experience crushing disappointment.  There will be 648 players who will have some degree of joy, for having cashed.  And one fortunate player will be the happiest of all.  His or her life will change forever as the new 2013 WSOP Main Event Champion.

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Posted by on Jul 8, 2013 in Blog, General Poker, World Series of Poker | 0 comments

Surviving Day One of the Main Event




Surviving Day One of the World Series of Poker Main Event Championship is a really big deal.

Consider the alternative, which is being busted.

No matter where you stand in chips at the moment, once you’ve made it past the first day, anything is possible.  Yes — anything.  Statistics tend to show that the chip counts at the end of the first day don’t really matter that much.  For instance, the end of Day One chip leaders only cash about half the time.

So, if you are one of the fortunate two-thirds of the field who ultimately survive the first 12-hour playing session, that’s ample reason to celebrate.  No, you haven’t won anything yet.  However, the WSOP is something to enjoy as much as to anticipate.  There’s nothing wrong with enjoying this special moment and toasting a moment of success, even if it’s fleeting.

Last night, at the end of the first day’s action at around 1 am, my friend and fellow writer Garry Gates stopped me as I was walking past his table.  The entire tournament room was bagging up their chips for the night.  Gates has survived each of the opening days he has played the Main Event.  Accordingly, he started a tradition, which goes as follows.

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