Ok, bit of a quandry here, looking for some advice.
For whatever reason I decided to play another satellite to qualify for the WCOOP (or another $200+15 buy-in, at least), and again I decided to try my hand at the NLHE match play. I must have done a good deed lately or something because I won that one as well.
So here's the issue. I now have 2x $200+15 WCOOP buy-ins, but really I can only play on weekends as the weekday games start at 3pm EST and my workday isn't quite over yet then (weekend games start at 4:30pm EST).
So, which game to play? Here's the list of weekend games:
Event #1 - Razz - Saturday, September 16 - $200+15 (guarantee supports 500 players, so I expect at least that many)
Event #2 - NLHE - Sunday, September 17 - $500+30
(guarantee supports 5,000 players)
Event #8 - HORSE - Saturday, September 23 - $200+15 (guarantee supports 500 players)
Event #9 - PLHE - Saturday, September 23 - $500+30 (guarantee supports 800 players)
The other weekend events all cost >$1,000 to play, which is a tad steep for me.
So... I consider my relative strength to be Omaha, as it is highly mathematical and I find many players who play it don't play it very well. NLHE is certainly next, and many of you have played with me so you know how good/not good I tend to be at that. I am familiar with all forms of Stud but I would be lying if I said I'd mastered them - though for the record, it took me less than a month of reading and playing to get up the Omaha learning curve.
Here are my choices:
- Pool my T$ together and play either the NLHE or PLHE events. I have no reason to favour PLHE so I would certainly play the NLHE. Pros: I'm probably playing to my own strengths here, as I am a patient and reasonably experienced NLHE tourney player. Cons: it's a lot of T$ for one buy-in, and of course NLHE is almost everyone's strongest game, so it will be a huge field of experienced players.
- Play the two $200+15 buy-ins. Conveniently, they overlap, so though I am not a master of Stud I could focus the next month to becoming one as fast as possible (read Super System 1+2, any other book I can find, play as many Stud/HORSE tourneys as I can get my hands on, etc). Pros: diverisifies my T$ by buying into 2 events, more likely to get further with a smaller field, maybe the other players won't be so good at Stud either (doubtful). Cons: not playing to my current strengths.
- Play just one of the $200+15 buy-ins, almost certainly HORSE, and use the rest for SNGs and stuff.
Thoughts? I value your opinions!
* PS: Yes, I know that $200+15 + $200+15 does not equal $500+30 for the higher buy-in. But in addition to my won satellites, I took a portion of my bankroll and played some heads up matches and SNG to raise the rest of the money, and finished that goal last night. So I formally have enough T$ for the 2 smaller events, but I can make the difference for the larger one as well.