The 2007 World Series of Poker (WSOP) main event has started ... and we are stuck in the middle of "Day One" as the organisers take a "ground-hog day" approach to handling the 6,000+ players who have entered this year.
They will be hosting FOUR separate "Day Ones" each with over 1,500 entrants beginning and expect to whittle the field down to a more manageable 2,400 to 2,500 for "Day Two"
The effect of which is to have the "main event" tournament last over 12 days duration (including a rest day before the final table) - with 11 different playing days - and the last nine players expected to compete in 8 days of cards.
Event 55 - $10,000 World Championship No Limit Holdem
- The Schedule
Day 1a - Fri 6 Jul, 12:00 pm /$10,000 ($10,000+$0)
Day 1b - Sat 7 Jul, 12:00 pm /$10,000 ($10,000+$0)
Day 1c - Sun 8 Jul, 12:00 pm /$10,000 ($10,000+$0)
Day 1d - Mon 9 Jul, 12:00 pm /$10,000 ($10,000+$0)
Day 2 -- Tue 10 Jul, 12:00 pm / -
Day 3 -- Wed 11 Jul, 12:00 pm / -
Day 4 -- Thu 12 Jul, 12:00 pm / -
Day 5 -- Fri 13 Jul, 12:00 pm / -
Day 6 -- Sat 14 Jul, 12:00 pm / -
Day 7 -- Sun 15 Jul, 12:00 pm / -
Day 8 -- Tue 17 Jul, 12:00 pm / -
Casino/Location: Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas
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Today's entry is Day 1D and Phil Hellmuths grand entrance.
I think that I've got some way to go before having the discipline to enter these vast real-world multi-table events.
For most of us "internet only" players the idea of sitting down at a multi-table tournament online and playing means putting aside a short chunk of time of a few hours.
We can regularly get though 8,000+ players in a Microgaming Prima poker event at Bet365 Poker or 32Red Poker in about 3.5 hours. Many players last less than 10 minutes.
(oops - I just busted out to aces - while writing this blog post)
And if you've got an hour or less then you can play a 200 person TURBO tournament at Canbet Poker with a fast rising blind structure and often you'll get done in under 60 minutes.
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