WSOP $1M Big One Poses Risk For Poker Community

WSOP $1M Big One Poses Risk For Poker CommunityWith the WSOP $1 million tourney known as the ‘Big One for One Drop’ just around the corner, there will be a golden opportunity lost for the poker community if one of the amateur competitors ends up walking away with the potential $18 million first place prize.
Set to get underway on July 1st, the 48 player field is currently comprised of 19 amateurs, with a very real chance that any of the roughly $42 million prize pool won by the billionaire businessmen will likely leave the poker world forever. As Amit “amak316” Makhija explains in the article covered by pokerlisting:
“It’s going to be tough for an amateur to win with a lot of the best in the world playing. But I definitely think it could happen and if it does it’s going to be a lot of money out of the poker world because so many people are pooling their money to get these people into it.”
Despite the poker pro’s having a distinct advantage over their amateur opponents there are still several factors which could help limit the skills gap between the players. Aside from the fact that players such as Andy Beal, Phil Ruffin, Paul Phua, Richard Yong and David Einhorn have had plenty of experience playing against the pros, there is also their lack of fear for the money involved which could help give them an edge. In other words, the wealthy businessmen are less likely to be bothered either by the $1 million buy-in or the money bubble which will likely be worth around $2 million.
Another factor is the nature of poker tournaments in general, and as WSOP 2006 Main Event finalist Michael Binger explains: “An amateur absolutely has a shot at winning the Big One. There’s so much variance in No-Limit Hold’em tournaments that anyone who enters has a shot.”
Nevertheless, the pros will still remain favourites to capture the top few places and with many of them selling around 90% of their action, there could be a potentially huge paydays for a good number of poker pros to enjoy.

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