The WBCOOP finished yesterday evening. If you wonder why I didn’t write a blog already then, the answer is, I couldn’t be bothered. Even though I gave it my best shot, and I think I mostly played, at lease somewhat, decently, I finished the series with 4 cashes and 145th place on the leader board. Last order of business was yesterdays main event. Over 1000 people registered, and I think that is a very decent number! First place paid $874 and that wasn’t bad at all! 144 people got paid, but I busted far before the bubble burst. I was card dead, and when I did play a hand I was bullied out of the pot with 4th pair on coordinated boards. It just wasn’t my day. But putting aside all the negativity and self loathing, I must say I really enjoyed the series as a whole. I tweeted with a few people during it’s entirety and I think I made a few friends along the way. I really hope I stay in touch with you all even outside this series.

But. There is always a but. (: I wanted to take this opportunity to put some ideas out there. I really wished there would be some more different events to choose from. Here are some numbers. 15 or exactly half of the events were Hold’em exclusively, which I guess is fine, because there are so many different structures and variations. There were 3 PLO events and 2 NLH/PLO combos. We could choose from 3 Omaha Hi/Low events, none of which was fixed limit. That brings the total number of flop games to 23 of 30. The last 7 events were 3 stud events, which is ok. 2 “real” mixed game tournaments, which I think is fine also, I was just sorry that I had to skip the 8-game, due to the starting time. And lastly, the draw events. First was Badugi and second was pot limit 5 card draw. Seriously? I understand why Badugi was there, but I do not understand why you would choose the old school 5 card draw when compared to much more popular versions like 2-7 triple draw, or the no limit version with just one draw round. Here is why I wanted to write this down. Most players today focus on NLH or PLO. And they play a LOT. On the other hand you have players who prefer fixed limit games. We have to agree, that to be good at one, does not necessarily make you good at the other, when comparing no limit to limit. And a structure of an annual series such as this one, gives the no limit players a bit of an advantage.

Let me explain. Say we have two unbeatable players, who win every tournament they enter. Purely theoretically, of course. It’s impossible, but for the sake of argument, let’s assume it’s true. These two players are very different. One plays exclusively no limit Hold’em tournaments, while the other is more diverse and plays different games, BUT none of those are big bet games (pot or no limit).

Now, they both got 10 tickets to play in the WBCOOP annual series and have 30 events to choose from. For our NLH player that’s easy. He has 15 tournaments to choose from. There is just the question which ones. In his case it doesn’t matter, since he wins all of them. On the other hand we have the limit player. He has 10 tickets also, but only 5 purely limit tournaments to choose from. He decides to play the 8-game also, and just fold in the big bet games, hoping that works, and sure enough, he wins all his tournaments as well.

Comparing the two players from a distance, the limit player didn’t have a chance. He only gathered 600 points for his wins, while the NLH player had 1000.

You see my point?

For next years WBCOOP I would very much like to see more limit games in the roster. I’m not suggesting going 50/50, but at least 1 in 3 events could be a limit event? Or is there a reasonable explanation why it isn’t possible? I would very much like to hear it and if there are good arguments behind it I will drop it all and give in.

If not, on the other hand, here are my suggested fixed limit additions for the next WBCOOP series: 2-7 triple draw, Omaha Hi/Lo, Razz (!) and maybe an addition of another mixed game, like HOSE, or a 7-game, something other than Hold’em. Or maybe just repeat some events, at different times, so people have the chance to play them in their time zone, or play it for a second time if they don’t like Hold’em events. That would considerably add to the total number of events. But even if there would be 45 events, 15 of which would be a mix game or a limit game, and let’s say, 15 tickets per blogger? That way, even the biggest Hold’em haters could use up all of their tickets, and the chances would even out.

Similar reasons are bothering me also in the schedule for the MicroMillions, where many more than 50% of the events are Hold’em only. But that’s another story for another blog.

Bottom line is I loved the WBCOOP, and I will be sure to play it again next year!

Cheers,
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