Players (Unsuccessfully) Petition Bellagio to Ditch Five-Diamond Rebuy Nuttiness

by , Jan 28, 2010 | 5:23 am

We sometimes forget that a lot of poker players out there — particularly mid-tier pros — rely on big tournaments to help them make their living. So when they see something potentially asinine, they get a little upset. Unlike we analysts, who simply laugh, scoff, and position ourselves to “cover” what could well be a gloriously entertaining collapse.

So it goes for the upcoming Bellagio 5-Diamond event in April — which features a ridiculous 17 rebuy tournaments as its preliminary events. Seriously, someone has lost it here, right? We’ll see if we can’t get a comment from Tourney Director Jack McClelland on what’s the thought process behind this. Because right now, the best we can deduce arbitrarily surmise is that maybe it would be contractually better for him to get fired as opposed to resigning?

Some players were so incensed by this rebuy-crazy sked, supposedly, that they began circulating a petition to change the schedule back to its original set-up — a scheduling revolt supposedly led by Scott Clements. And in it, they proposed an alternative that seemed to make more sense. However, according to 2+2, the Bellagio has said thanks-but-no-thanks to the suggestion — leaving some players already talking about skipping this series, and a few media types excited about the pending collapse.

3 Comments to “Players (Unsuccessfully) Petition Bellagio to Ditch Five-Diamond Rebuy Nuttiness”

  1. Kevin Mathers

    Jack stated that the prize pools were much larger in the rebuy events, therefore he decided to make 17 of them.

  2. DanM

    Fair enough … for one, but will be so fun to see how this changes over the course of 17 of these!

  3. Kevin Mathers

    If enough people threaten to walk, maybe it’ll change. However, it took them a few series to figure out that running multiple 5k tournaments in the same series wasn’t really a good idea.