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Rush for the Action, and Avoid Deep Stacks

A different concept for tournament structures

by Steve Zolotow |  Published: Sep 03, 2010

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I recall an old joke about a man driving through the country. He sees a farmer under an apple tree with a pig in his arms. Every few minutes, the farmer lifts the pig higher so that it can grab an apple. The man asks the farmer what he’s doing. The farmer replies, “Feeding my pig.” The man asks, “But doesn’t it take a lot of time that way?” The farmer answers, “What is time to a pig?” That farmer thinks the same way that organizers of deep-stack tournaments think. They must say, “What is time to a poker player?” Nothing is more boring than playing in a poker game with no action. Everybody is sitting and waiting for a good hand. Very few pots are contested. Big pots seldom occur. Imagine a hold’em game with blinds of 5¢-10¢, but limits of $5 million-$10 million. It wouldn’t be a game. ...


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