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Monday, August 07, 2006

WSOP Reflections

Now it's over, let's take a look. But wait, I hear you cry, it's not over yet. Well, it is for me. Frankly if you gave me 45 pictures and 45 names I'd be shooting entirely at random trying to match them up. Why should I be interested in who wins ? Friedman maybe, as we have swapped the odd comment on various blogs, and he might do another anti-Bush speech, but I still couldn't pick him out of a lineup. Richie G was the last hope, and fair play to him for going out like a lion. Never mind what might have been mate, $150K and a buzz like that can't be bad.

As the dust settles, the temptation is to slate Harrah's, not particularly for the fact that they're primarily trying to make money out of the thing but, as DY pointed out to me recently, more the fact that they cut so many corners with customer service. Cheap cards, rude floor staff, liberties with changing structures, stuff like that. Someone ought to tell them that every buck spent on good customer service comes back in many times over in the long run.

All the same I find it hard to sympathize with the Negreanus and Demetrious of this world. The fact is that because you're so desperate for recognition in the form of bracelets, Harrah's have you by the balls. This is what they were counting on when they bought the thing. They could charge 20% juice next year and I think they'd make more money [1]. Sponsored players would still play because someone's picking up the tab. 60% of the field don't understand how juice works and think they're "paying $1500 anyway so what difference".

If you want to blame anyone, blame Becky Binion Behnen Biatch. She's the one who fought and scratched for control of the Horseshoe and then ran it into the ground through sheer incompetence, forcing the sale of the WSOP brand. If Harrah's hadn't bought it, some other suits would have done. Do you think Jack Binion would have let it slide like this ? I don't.

Anyway, next year, well we shall see. It depends how I do between now and then. Strangely, the less well I'm doing, the more likely I might go. If I can make a comparable rate at home to what I'd expect in the single tables, there'd be no point going. But if I'm getting the absolute cake, I could go and spunk off 10 in the main event. I think it's unlikely I'll be doing that well ... but if I do go, the plan's clear enough. First three weeks, single tables. Then go home and treat the main event separately, go or not. The value kind of dies in the middle. And at the end of the day, it's just another poker game. Especially for a pro like me :-)

[1] Don't tell them I said that though.

Update : Scrub what I said about Friedman, the one I'm thinking of isn't the one who's still in. A bit like Kevin O'Donnell/Kevin O'Connell that has confused one or two.


Blogger David Young said...

"The fact is that because you're so desperate for recognition in the form of bracelets, Harrah's have you by the balls."

I don't just think it's the Negreanus and Demetrious of the poker world who are guilty here. All of us, yes me included, crave recognition to some degree. But at least you and I can see the danger of the recognition-at-all-costs approach and have some idea of when an operator is taking the piss.


12:45 AM  
Blogger Fred Titmus said...

Some of us crave anonymity, and are pretty successful too.

2:48 AM  
Blogger Andy_Ward said...

Sorry, who are you again ?

11:14 AM  
Blogger David Young said...

Ah but Fred, cast your mind back to a few years ago, when you told me that you knew what would be written on your gravestone -

'He was moderately successful in crapshoot rebuy tournaments tacked on to the end of major festivals'.

Even then your were thinking of your future place in poker history.


4:06 PM  
Anonymous No Leaks said...

Whats the best solution to the Harrahs situation? Boycott their hotels, WSOP, etc, or buy shares in them (looking like value right now)? I thought 2006 was better than 2005. Yes, I agree that the cards and staff were still crap, but I'm sure things will continue to improve bit by bit. As for 20%
off the top, once I'm a shareholder, I'll suggest even higher than that. It won't make any difference to the online qualifiers, and I'm sure that there will still be excess chips in play at the end of the main event. Where did they come from?

11:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Gambling at the WSOP is a thrilling experience.

10:21 AM  

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