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$10K WSOP Main Event – Day 4 Perspectives - Elimination

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All of the 474 players who returned to the Amazon Room at the Rio on Day 4 were in the money. The bubble had burst in the late evening hours of the third day of the 2008 WSOP main event, and anyone who cashed on Day 4 would receive their initial investment back plus at least double that amount in profit.

To the novice poker fan or casual observer, Day 4 may seem as if it would be a breeze. But to the serious poker player, it would be anything but. With every group of eliminations, the payouts jump by several thousand dollars. And as the number of players remaining decreased to 300, then 200 and so forth, not only did the payouts increase but other perks were more readily available as well.

The potential for ESPN camera time becomes more likely as fewer tables remain in the tournament. With that television coverage can come notoriety, bragging rights, and the like. In addition, if a player happens to be seated at a table with a well-known pro like Phil Hellmuth or Mike Matusow, the probability of winding up at the ESPN featured table grows as well, and with that comes the ability to obtain sponsorships from companies like online websites that could pay an additional ten or so thousand dollars to stick a logo on the player’s shirt.

More than anything, though, as players go deeper into the money and the tournament itself, the final table becomes more of a reality with every other player’s elimination. Suddenly, the player can see himself or herself as part of the “November Nine” with a guaranteed $900K in the bank upon leaving the Rio next week and the potential to win over $9.1 million upon returning in November for the final table. Sometimes, the dream slithers into the subconscious, and despite a player’s best efforts to stay in the moment, the thought of being the 2008 WSOP main event champion becomes a part of the moment.

Thus, when the payouts increase, the eliminations become harder to take.

Walking away from the tournament happens with various emotions. With chips in with the best hand but a bad beat eliminates the player, it is tough. All-in with the worst hand is even hard to take, especially if there was a decision involved that was regretted after making it. A bust-out is more difficult to take if the winner of the hand – or his or her railbirds – are yelling and boasting and making a scene. While there are certainly players who are positive enough to view the main event cash as a success, the “what could have been” is still tough to swallow.

That’s where the friends and family come in. They need to understand all of this in order to help the person they came to support. Typically, the best way to react when a loved one or friend busts out of the main event of the World Series of Poker depends on the personality of the player, but a calm and understanding demeanor – even if other emotions are prevalent – will allow the player to express his or her emotions in the most therapeutic way.

During the second level of Day 4, a male player was eliminated from the main event and emerged from the tournament area to an open area of the Amazon Room near the press box. He walked slowly, heavy with the thought of how his tournament life just ended. His significant other came running from the sidelines where friends and family gather to watch the players, saying, “I’m so proud of you, baby!” She hugged him intensely, and he hugged her back, but onlookers got the sense that she had no idea of how disappointed he truly was. She was all smiles, taking the busted player by the hand and happily leading him to the cashier. Granted, as onlookers only, it was hard to decipher his exact feelings, but a calmer response might have been what he needed.

It is difficult for a non-poker player to understand the emotions of four days of intense play – outlasting more than 6,500 other players and coming tantalizingly close to the coveted WSOP main event final table. But it is more difficult to experience it, and watching any dejected players exit that tournament area says it all.

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