Originally Posted by WhodeyX
So if you want to play in a soft field (even though you would also be a giant douche), feel free to register in the Ladies Only event next year.
Be aware that you run the risk of getting banned from the WSOP for a year or more and maybe getting 86'd from the Rio as a whole. Men playing in women's only events is kinda like card counting in blackjack
: while it's not technically
illegal the casino can still kick your douchebag butt out for doing it*.
As for the synchronised bathroom breaks thing... meh, if the whole table was happy and wanted to do it then I don't see any problem. There's a borderline problem since nobody's paying any blinds while they're away but I don't really thing anyone gained much tournament-wise. They all stopped paying blinds for a few minutes but they also stopped accumulating chips and there'll be the same amount on the table when they return as when they left. I can see this being a problem if they all elected to leave the table and didn't come back for, say, the rest of the level or something and intentionally missed having to pay a load of blinds while other tables kept playing and getting blinded out. But if it was five minutes I don't think it's a big deal.
One other thought, for those complaining about this: Justin Bonomo proudly tells
a story about a hand he once had against Men the Master. A friend of Justin's is at the table and badly needs to go to the bathroom. Men the Master goes all in preflop, Bonomo finds himself holding two aces but instead of calling he tanks, telling his friend to go to the bathroom because he'll need a few moments to think. Bonomo waits for his friend to get back before calling... and IIRC karma hit about then because Men sucked out and won the pot.
I thought that was hilarous when I read it the first time and really that's a lot
worse than an entire table declaring a synchronised bathroom break. If you can laugh at that then you're applying double standards pretty badly.
* I'm not calling card counters douchebags, BTW - just guys who play in women's events.