The World Series of Poker is the pinnacle of the poker world. Winning just one of the coveted “Gold Bracelets” awarded during the series and along with it comes a very nice payday and opportunities in the future to continue good fortunes by traveling the world, getting sponsorships, and hob-knobbing with the rich and famous.
What sets the WSOP aside from other poker tours and tournament series is the staggering amount of money to be won by so many. It is not just the winner of each event that gets rewarded about 10% of the field in each event gets paid. So while every player going in to an event has dreams of winning, the reality of that happening is like winning a lottery,
Professional players will tell you that you have to win some coin-flips to win a series event, some say as many as 10 times. Those same professionals know the weaker players will have to get lucky more times than they do in order to win, so they keep the pressure on. They are not excited to just be there like the good to novice player, they are at work and the task at hand is taking your chips.
Knowing this, many players go into these events with the goal of running deep or making the money and if they get lucky maybe even winning. This seems backwards to me. My expectations run the other way, first I play to win, then reality sets in that I would need a miracle so I try to run deep, If bad cards come my way I just try to make the money and when I get busted out I leave a little more educated about the game.
Recently a local Fort Worth poker player Bill Burford had the experience of “running deep” in Event #15 the 6-Man Max $3000 buy-in No-Limit Hold'em tournament at WSOP in Las Vegas. Bill finished in ninth place out of 810 players. I had the opportunity to ask him quite a few questions about the WSOP experience. I will share them with you in my next article.