What’s in a Game?

by , Mar 13, 2007 | 2:56 am

I was just looking at the WSOP schedule and noticed they have a “2-7 triple draw lowball (limit) with rebuys” tournament for $1,000 this year. That seems kind of odd. Most everybody who plays this game is a high stakes player, meaning 200-400 and higher. Why would they have this be the lowest buy-in in the whole tournament? $1,000 to the players that play this game on a regular basis is not enough to entice them to play in this tournament even if it is their favorite game. In addition, it has rebuys — in a limit tournament? — horrible idea. Did they get this confused with 2-7 no-limit?

They had this tournament in the mix about 4 years ago and took it out due to lack of participation. Guess why? It was the same structure they have here.


8 Comments to “What’s in a Game?”


  1. Karridy
    says:

    You going to play, Tom?


  2. Chantel McNullty
    says:

    This comment has nothing to do with this article but I know
    you had recent posts on Chantel and I think it would be
    great if you posted an update. By the way 99% of everything
    she says on this interview is fiction. This girl has never
    been a winning poker player. And other than being a poker
    groupie and cheating naive poker players out of money, shes
    never had a bankroll of her own.

    http://www.pokerlistings.com/poker-player-interviews/wpt/season5/chantilt-the-interview


  3. Garthmeister J.
    says:

    Yeah, the TD event was confusing to me as well. The only guess I have is they made the buy-in low to attract more people, while allowing those people who have deeper pockets to double buy-in and add-on.

    I didn’t say it was a good guess.

    I really love Triple Draw, and was hoping they would have an event so I could torture myself by considering playing it, but I’m just not sure about this structure. IMO I’d need to be committing at least 3k if I was taking it seriously.

    Donkey Bomber, do you know how many entrants they had 4 years ago? Now that Stars offers it, we may see more people buying in…


  4. Kevin Mathers
    says:

    In 2003, the $1,500 limit TDL drew 78, with Men Nguyen winning.
    In 2002, the $1,500 limit TDL it drew 88, with John Juanda winning

    Kevin…


  5. DanM
    says:

    I thought the same thing, Garth … that they are trying to draw some new players into the game. And perhaps that’s what’s up with the limit/rebuys thing? if dead money is dead money, they want to fill the prize pool any which way, right?


  6. Donkey Bomber
    says:

    Imagine how many people they would draw for the main event if they made it a $1,000 buy-in. Of course, I’m going to play. I just like to complain about stupid stuff like this. If your customers like big buy-ins, then why have a small one? How about if you go to a Cadilac dealership and ask for something like a Kia? I doubt they would have any just to try to get people interested in buying cars.


  7. DanM
    says:

    Fair enough, Tom … but i suspect a lot of honda owners go on to buy acuras … and toyota owners step up to lexus.

    but whenever you are messing with a sensible stucture just for the sake of encouraging rebuys … well that’s not a good thing.


  8. Neko the Poker Hound
    says:

    1000 tourney for a 2-7 NL? I would FIND a way to be there. For a limit game, I am not even going to log online to play.