Andy Bloch: I’m Tired of Bad Structures, Time for our own Poker Tour

Andy Bloch: I’m Tired of Bad Structures, Time for our own Poker Tour

Tuesday, 20 October 2009

Andy Bloch, former blackjack wizard and Team Full Tilt member, has angrily expressed his frustration at the structure of high buy-in tournaments, asking renowned TD Matt Savage to start a players’ own poker tour.

Playing the $10,000 H.O.R.S.E. event at the Bellagio, beginning with 200 big bets; Bloch was a little narked off – to say the least – when, at a deep stage of the tournament, the average stack was a mere 12 big bets. We know most people don’t play Limit, but that’s enough for one raised showdown pot or two limped ones.

Andy made the following Tweets during the event:

Andy_Bloch: 12 big bet avg. Why did we start with 200 big bets? RT @howardhlederer: 7 players left with 108k average stack. About to play 4k-8k
Andy_Bloch: Im tired of bad structures, high rake & other nonsense. Time to start organizing our own poker tournaments. @savagepoker you in?

In some ways we sympathise with him – a $10,000 buy-in event, particularly a fixed limit game, should really have a deep stack throughout. On the other hand, a ‘better’ tournament structure could be a deceptive term – sure, good players might enjoy deep stacks but a variance-reducing format will see fish lose more often, and therefore play less. It’s a double-edged sword and a tournament director walks along the edge of it when creating structures.

Still, if anyone can sort it out it’s Matt Savage.


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