The WSOP wrapped up last week and a new main event($10K buy in, 7874 players) champion was crowned, John Cynn. Here are a few thoughts about the ME. I liked the daily coverage on ESPN and PokerGo. The variety of commentators and almost live coverage made it interesting. Fans were able to see what it’s like in various stages of a big tournament and the cast of characters that participate.
In the concluding days of the tournament, I didn’t like how they played down to a certain number of players each night. I think it would be better if they just played within a certain time frame. This was most evident at the very end when Tony Miles and John Cynn were heads up. They battled heads up for more than 10 hours with very little breaks. Thus, the players, fans, and even broadcasters were forced to endure until Cynn finally won. Hopefully, next year this format will be changed. However, it is better than a few years ago when they played down to 9 players, then those players returned several months later to play the final table.
As for the rest of my WSOP, it was pretty uneventful. After cashing in the monster stack, I won an online satellite to the 1k online WSOP bracelet event, but did not cash. In addition, I played a $275 single table tournament at the Rio. In this, I won 3- $500 lammers (tournament credit). I used one to play a $500 single table tournament, but did not cash. The other two I used to buy in to the $1111 little one for one drop WSOP event. This event is special because $111 of each buy in is donated to the one drop foundation, which provides clean water to underprivileged communities around the world. Although I did not advance to day 2, at least I can say I donated money to a good cause.
In other news, Chai Charities is now an officially recognized 501-3-C non profit organization. Here is the paperwork:
We will be having a couple more fundraising events before the end of the year so stay tuned!
Next week I will do some traveling…I will start in Israel for a week. Then spend a few days in Rome. Next, explore Madrid. Finally to Barcelona, where I will hang out and play poker for a week. I will be blogging about the trip, so check back for updates!
I hope everyone is running good on and off the felt!