Subject: World Series of Poker
2003 Moneymaker faced a murder's row of big pros.
Sam Farha, Justin Lester, David Singer, Amer Fahidi.
2004 Raymer had to deal with Harrington back
at the table, along with
Josh Arieh, and a then up and coming David Williams.
2005 Hachem had Mike Matusow at his final table.
2006 Gold had Allen Cunningham at his final table.
2007 Yang had Lee Watkinson at his final table.
The main reason why the big pros don't get to
the final table in droves or win the thing
is the giant luck factor of the game, and the
fact that they can't control what happens at
other tables, with 600+ tables going on, there
is bound to be tables where morons just
give other morons piles and piles of chips, and
then that moron, now with a giant stack,
gets put at your table, and he gets his money
in bad against you, gets lucky, and you're gone.
I read an interview with Jamie Gold about how
on his first day he somehow managed to be
at a table on day one with a giant chip stack,
and there were two other guys with mountains
of chips in front of them also, he ended up flopping
a set in a hand with them, one of the
opponents folded, the other went all in and Gold
cleaned him out and had an even more
insane stack, which led to his massive run and
It's the luck factor in No-Limit that leads the
pros to think of the HORSE event as the true
championship, cause you have to have 50,000 to
buy in, which keeps the scum out, and you
have to be good at 5 different games, which keeps
the No Limit Hold 'em specialists out,
making a truly well rounded player more likely
The three winners of that event, Chip Reese, Freddy
and Scotty Nguyen are all big time pros.
Mike the Vegas Dealer
At our last Bartfest, Mike the Dealer ran the poker tournament.
He couldn't play and he stayed sober - that's commitment :)
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