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Monday, June 22, 2009

The Long Haul

Playing lots of tournaments is, it turns out, completely exhausting. Sunday I basically shut down at about 9pm in the evening and had to come home and just veg for many hours.

I decided not to play the Razz tournament today. It was too expensive an entry fee for a game I'm just not that good at. (I played in the Grand NLHE tourney at the Nugget instead and made it until about 10 o'clock at night.) I've decided to save up my pennies and enter Event #52, the Triple Chance No Limit Hold'em Tournament.

There are couple of reasons for this. One is that it offers a truly meaningful 9,000 in chips to go along with the one-hour blind levels. That's potentially an AWFUL LOT of play.

Another is the novelty of the structure, where you can start with as little as 3,000 and then effectively "rebuy" 3,000 at a time twice more until the end of the third level. At the end of the third level you automatically get the rest of your chips if you haven't deployed them already. There are some interesting strategic possibilities. It's the first time that this structure has been offered at the WSOP, so it'll be new to everyone.

Finally, the more expensive buy-in and the Sunday start will probably curtail the number of entries.

All told, this seems like a good combination of features for me. It'll likely be my last hurrah at the WSOP this year.

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Blogger Rakewell said...

Not first time for the two-free-rebuy-chip thing at WSOP. See Event #30 this year, e.g.,

6/23/09 8:17 AM  
Blogger Cardgrrl said...

I think it'll be the first time it's offered in a NLHE event. At least that's what they claim on the structure sheet (although maybe it's just the combination with the buy-in amount).

6/23/09 3:33 PM  
Blogger Rakewell said...

Ah--that well might be true.

6/23/09 5:12 PM  

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