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Poker News | World Series of Poker | WSOP 2010 | WSOP Sights and Sounds

Sights and Sounds of WSOP Main Event: Day 1D Completes the Field

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Patience. The word kept coming up when thinking about Day 1D of the 2010 World Series of Poker $10K NLHE Championship and walking through the Rio Convention Center in Las Vegas.

Players who put up $10,000 to play in the biggest poker tournament in the world should practice patience. It goes without saying, or it should. If the money matters at all, there should be no reason to bust from the tournament in less than an hour. Technically, caution allows quite a bit of play with the 30K starting chips, and slow and steady usually wins the race. Of course there are bad beats and situations that require some level of risk, but patience should be exercised in order to have a fighting chance in the long run.

“I should have picked a better spot,” said the 25-year old looking man in the smoking area behind the Convention Center. He was decked out in Ed Hardy clothing, bedazzled baseball cap, and designer sunglasses, holding his cell phone to his ear for the conversation he hadn’t planned. “There was no way the guy had the nuts,” he continued. Then a pause. “I know he did, I know.” Another pause. “I can’t even tell my dad about this. He’ll be so pissed!”

That conversation, noted approximately one hour and 20 minutes after the start of the tournament, was one of many that could be heard throughout Day 1D. Some players tend to be anxious to compete, confident - sometimes overly so - about their game, and feeling invincible. But not adding patience to the mix results in $10,000 being flushed away in almost no time at all.

On the other side of the coin, many people were not able to play in the Main Event this year. The $10K is a prohibitive number for most poker players and fans, and risking it all on one tournament is simply not an option.

Butch was one of those people. He looked to hover in the 50-60 age range, though his scruffy beard and trucker hat made it difficult to tell. Standing on the outskirts of the tournament, he tried to catch a few glimpses of Phil Ivey as he played the tournament. “Honey,” he said to his wife with a tinge of sadness, “I just have to play this next year.”

“You’ve been saying that for years,” she replied.

“That’s the point. We have to find a way.” He then stopped for a moment to listen to an announcement over the PA system regarding an upcoming break. “You know what this would mean to me.”

“Butch, let’s talk about this later. Maybe we can work something out with our retirement accounts before next year.” She knew what it meant to him.

Patience is a factor for many who play in the WSOP, as they wait years to be financially able to do so. For people like Butch, it is a longtime dream. One can only hope that when he is able to gather the $10,000 to compete, he will use that same patience at the table.

For those who were in the field, they had added incentive to play carefully with days left to go before any profit could be made. Of the original registration number of 7,319, only 747 players would walk away with a payout for their efforts. The total prize pool for the tournament was $68,798,600, and the only way to get to it was to incorporate skill and determination with that patience and a bit of luck.

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