PUNTE is in Las Vegas covering the WSOP Main Event. For more daily updates from the Main Event, follow his dedicated page at facebook.com/JoshAtWSOP.
The book on multi-day tournament poker is to make aggressive plays late in each day, the logic being that one will either (a) win those bigger pots and advance to the next day with more equity, or (b) bust out late in the day and save oneself the agony of making the car ride back, only to bleed to death the following morning. I was surprised to see how few people actually followed that strategy, as many players found themselves coming into Day 2A with 15k in chips, less than half of their starting stack, or even less.
The seriousness of the matter was evident upon walking into the Amazon room at the Rio Convention Center. The idle chatter, fanfare, and naive exuberance of the tournament’s first day(s) were gone. The players, all 2,412 of them, realized that today would be pivotal in their respective quests for poker’s world championship.
Poker Quote Of The Day:
Your best chance to get a Royal Flush in a casino is in the bathroom.