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The World Series of Poker

by Steve Zolotow |  Published: Aug 21, 2009

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There are those who think the World Series of Poker is slowly approaching acceptable levels of competence on the part of the dealers and floormen. I am not one of them. There was the usual variety of mistakes and bad decisions in the earlier tournaments this year, but what happened in the main event is beyond belief. There were four scheduled starting days — 1A, 1B, 1C, and 1D. In general, players prefer to play on the last day, 1D, or the next-to-last day, 1C. Normal procedure is to close registration for the most popular day until the other days catch up, so that the number of entrants is spread at least somewhat evenly over the four days. This wasn’t done. Approximately 1,100 entered on 1A, 900 on 1B, and 1,700 on 1C. All of that was fine, especially since WSOP literature stated that up to 3,000 could be accommodated ...


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