So reloading Twitter and Pokernews updates got me through a way overly long-and-drawn-out sixth grade graduation ceremony Tuesday evening, railing LJ to her eventual 10th-place finish in the $1500 HORSE tourney for a nice five-figure profit.
(Minor rant: can we not try to make the simplest, most trivial events, like children freaking passing the sixth grade, into a two hour program? You reward everyone for doing what they are supposed to do, you devalue truly exceptional accomplishments. Soapbox out.)
And I'll take a slightly different tack from some other blogger reactions to this, along with CK's run last week...
Isn't it about time someone here made a deep run in a WSOP event?
Yeah, I know, small sample sizes in live play, anything can happen in a donkament, blahblahblah...
But dammit, this group has some pretty smart, aggressive, accomplished tournament players. Better than your average donk.
Definitely +EV in a standard WSOP field.
Given the fact that LJ and CK are also
-who can play a strong tourney game
-and thereby throw off 99% of the other donkament meatheads expecting a pushover girly player..
I'm actually not surprised at all they made some money - especially in limit tournaments, where you can survive a stupid suckout, as it doesn't have to cost you your entire stack - and thus bring more skill to bear over time, even with shallow stacks.
Maybe the surprising thing isn't that LJ and CK got deep and cashed - but that it hasn't happened for some other bloggers before now.
Maybe, this group has actually been running bad before 2009, and this is the year skill, variance, and luck combine for a normal expectation...
I tend to believe the difference between bloggers and the live donkament pros isn't as big as everyone else thinks. Don't have low expectations... there are players in this crew who can definitely compete and hang in these large field tournaments.
In the meantime, I'll play bad in the Mookie tonite and dream about reporters live-blogging my play...
"Heff retires to grotto, out before break"
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