Originally Posted by Stowie101
So I guess whoever wins the Main Event is only winning $8,349,531, not the
$8,359,531 WSOP.com lists for first place. WSOP just keeps the extra $10K.
Are you honestly this obtuse?
You have $10 and you and I decide to bet your $10 (vs. my $10) on a coin flip. You call "heads" and we flip the coin, which comes up a head. I give you $10, per the bet. You now have $20. You didn't win $20, you won $10 --- the $10 that you didn't have BEFORE we made the wager. In this example, you risked exactly $10 and we didn't specify odds
so they are assumed to be 1-to-1. Therefore, there are two possible results: you can win $10, or you can lose $10. That is the full list of possibilities.
The HU tournament is no different that this. You had $2 before you played, and after you played you had $4 --- so you won $2.
If you cannot grasp the concept illustrated above then you have ZERO probability of being a winning poker player. Seriously. So if the illustration above doesn't change your mind then, for your sake, find a new hobby.