Gave myself two tries to see what I could do at the WSOP Circuit Events at the Palm Beach Kennel Club. Played the $550 huge turnout game (Event #1) and a $345 (Event #4). Terrific format if, like me, you prefer many levels with decent amount of time vs. big chip stack. Certainly both is better, but at that buy-in that’s a lot to ask. Didn’t play my best game at the $550 which would have been the one to cross the money line since it had around 2,600 runners. I thought about my mistakes, mostly format related, and did better next try, although not good enough coming in 32 with 45 cashing.
On the day of the $345, several games were running at once in addition to ours: the last day of the 1MM event, the second day of a previous $345, second day of HORSE, and satts for the ME. I think the Palm Beach Kennel Club did a good job of juggling so much action keeping a good balance of order and fun. Harrison Gimbel was the favorite for first place in the $550 and lost a sick hand against another big stack. I didn’t hear any whining about it at the game or on Twitter. So many guys would be retelling that hand for a month.
I was at about 8 tables during the $345 and at least 70% of the players were really good. As usual, the young guys were killing it IMO, but not for the usual reasons of aggression, but of knowing when to keep the pot small, when to fold, and being very adept at determining just how much they could get away with. The older guys play with so much more ego, which ultimately makes them easier to beat. Since I play mainly at the Hard Rock and the Isle when in Florida, it was great to have so many people I didn’t recognize, and vice versa.