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$50,000 H.O.R.S.E. — Part I

World Series of Poker

by Todd Brunson |  Published: Oct 02, 2009


The World Series of Poker is a tough time financially for most professional poker players. The amount spent on buy-ins can easily exceed $100,000. It’s rumored that one main-event champ spent close to $250,000, with only two cashes totaling less than $26,000. Gabe Kaplan actually wanted to bet any players who wanted to bet that they would lose money on tournaments during any given WSOP. In order to win money, you need multiple deep cashes or one good final-table finish — probably first, second, or third. Otherwise, you can expect to take a hit during the WSOP, unless you play in the side games, which I generally don’t, since I just don’t have time for them. (I think I played twice, for two small wins.) All of this was going through my mind as the $50,000 H.O.R.S.E. event drew near. Should I play? Should I pass? Should I try to ...

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