BLOG – World Cup? Nah, World Series of Poker
Monday, 14 June 2010
I wish I liked football. Really, I do. As I write I'm sat in a pub with my friends and the atmosphere is electric, pulsating and throbbing with every changing dynamic of the game just seconds after kick-off. I'm probably the only one here not watching the big screen; checking the WSOP live updates instead.
Definitely a much better game. At the moment I'm still rooting for Dwan to take down a bracelet though many are forgetting that the WSOPE is yet to come and that counts towards his bracelet bets. That's probably Dwan's best shot at busting the poker economy with his bracelet bets reputed to be worth anywhere from $8,000,000 to $12,500,000. That... that's a lot of money.
This year's WSOPE is built for Dwan - small fields in all the events besides the £1,000 NL I would guess. It's a £5,000 PLO tournament; £2,500 6-max NL and a £10,000 Heads-Up tournament. The latter especially sounds like Dwan’s cup of tea, I think.
Sorry to break you out of my spellbinding prose but I wrote the above few paragraphs on Saturday at approximately 7.33 (as you may have deduced) but shortly after the last, Gerrard scored and the pub absolutely exploded. The above blog, intended for Sunday, was lost.
My point still stands, though – durrrr, who is currently ninth out of the 512 remaining in the latest $1,000 NL donkament this year, has a great chance of a WSOPE bracelet. Don’t get me wrong, he’s more than capable of doing it in Vegas. In fact, there are several events left that give durrrr a larger-than-usual edge:
Event #26 ($2,500 NL 6-max), Event #28 ($2,500 PLO), Event #32 ($5,000 NL 6-max) and of course the big ones – the $10,000 NL Heads-Up Championship, the $10,000 PLO Championship and the Main Event are all events I expect Dwan to cash in.
BUT if he doesn’t? Well, he has four shots to make good on his bracelet bets in London. Four great shots, in fact – sure, the fields are much tougher in our version of the WSOP but they’re also smaller which should reduce the variance experienced by a good player. I think we can safely call Dwan a good player; I think that the tougher fields won’t bother him all that much. After all, he plays these guys day in, day out.
As a final note, massive congratulations to Richard “Chufty” Ashby who has made it three bracelets for the UK this year alongside James Dempsey and Praz Bansi. Top bombing, lads.
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