Gearing up for the WSOP
Well I'm leaving tomorrow to head to Vegas, where I'll be playing Event #35 on Monday (7 Card Stud H/L).
It's still alittle surreal for me, since this been a dream of mine for the past 2 years. I got into poker after Moneymaker won the WSOP
in 2003. Started playing weekly at the end of that year and tried to improve my game and eventually moved on to other games over time.
Eventually started playing Stud H/L and really enjoyed the game. Then I started to realize that it was my best game statistically and that I had a natural knack for it.
I'm really curious to see how things go on Monday. Last year there were 595 players, but the event was much earlier in the WSOP schedule. This year there is a Limit Hold 'Em Shootout for $1500 that starts 2 hours after the Stud H/L event. So I'm sure there will be a few pros who will try to play both (since that's happened quite a few times earlier in the Series). But it may also thin down the number of participants. Doyle (who won the second ever bracelet in Stud H/L) is a big fan of NL Deuce to Seven Lowball which is a $5,000 event with rebuys that starts on Tuesday. So I wonder if he'll play. Plus the Main Event starts on Friday. Some pros may not be playing as much this week since they know that a 2 week grind is coming up for the biggest prize in poker. Of course Stud H/L is only $1,000 and it is a bracelet event, so there still may be a large field. I think the numbers will be down slightly this year, I'll guess we'll have 520 players.
The blind structure on this event is really good. Something seriously wrong would have to occur to bust early from this event. Last year it took about 1.5 hours for the first bust outs. Since it's a Limit event, your chips aren't as risk, so that preasure is gone.
Well regardless of what happens, this is going to be a lot of fun. It's going to be great to be on the inside of the velvet ropes with some big names. I will have my CardsChat hat on and will do my best to represent everyone here. When I get back later in the week, I'll have a full run down on how things went and what it was like.