Originally Posted by Arjonius
Whether the $1500 is affordable is completely dependent on the individual and his or her circumstances.
As for the level of play, the jump isn't nearly as high as you seem to think. The best players will be top pros, so far better than you'd encounter in small buyin online tournaments. But in terms of skill distribution, think of a pyramid. The lower echelons of the field will be made up of hopefuls who are also well below that level.
As for the marathon comparison, I had no trouble at all playing a full day minus a few minutes and maintaining my focus the entire time. Plus I wasn't any more tired than I am at the end of a long work day; And it's not like there are no breaks. In fact, I had plenty of energy left to go out for drinks afterward. And I'm a long way from being in good shape.
Did you happen to notice that a senior won an event a few days ago? And every year, you see some going deep. That's because the physical element of poker tournaments is far less demanding than it's sometimes made out to be.
Originally Posted by ryhailey
Thanks for the reassuring post. It sounded like someone was trying to fill my mind with doubt.
A senior that had experience in playing big events I am sure. I did not say he shouldn't play because he might get tired. I said he should not play because he did not have any experience in anything of that nature (from what he said), and that it is a long tournament that is unusual to get a feel for if you have not played that type of elongated multi-day structure. It was just simple advice and my curiosity of the situation, nothing more. Maybe I misread his poker experience from his posts and I am off-base.
I also said if $1500 didn't mean anything to him then fine and dandy. (Whether the $1500 is affordable is completely dependent on the individual and his or her circumstances.
- exactly, that's why I asked)
Just gave my opinion based on my personal experience, and I wanted to see what the thinking was behind the decision to play. I have experience playing in and cashing WSOP Events, and have many Final Tables in Live 1K+ Events and also Wins in Major Tournaments so I have an idea of what I am speaking.
If you think a $1500 Live Tournament (and WSOP at that) is just some walk in the park for an amateur with no live experience and little online experience at the higher levels, well then, that is your opinion.
If there have been a spate of inexperienced players even making the Final Table of these Events lately than I stand corrected.
Does this guy have zero chance? Of course not, but unless he didn't fill us in on a few points, I am just curious of the huge jump up. I mean, there can be many reasons why he feels compelled. Maybe it is his only chance to play for a long time. Maybe his wife said no more poker rest of your life. Maybe he is 80 years old and time is grinding on. Maybe he just wants to take a wild shot for some reason. But the vast majority of people recommend you work your way up the tournament ladder.
The bottom line is, if he plays I hope he wins of course!!! I wouldn't be happier than he come on here and post a picture of his WSOP Bracelet
And of course I hope ryhailey did not take offense at my post on his situation, it certainly is not my intent to offend him in any way.