There’s been a lot of heat lately on the WSOP for having so many tournaments structured as re-entry tournaments. One of the bigger arguments against this, is the elite of poker, can essentially buy tournament wins (and titles) in this format. The fact that most of the “elite” have seemingly never ending trunks of cash and don’t have to worry about being eliminated any certain number of times. When some amateur player, on a very limited bankroll, ends up playing a tournament and drawing a seat next to some of the best in the world, if they are lucky enough to knock one of them out, they dont (and maybe shouldnt have to) worry about having to knock them out again any more number of times. While the amateur, if they get knocked out of a tournament, the buy in could be a consider part of their bankroll and probably can not afford multiple “bullets”. The fact that these tournament structures run at all buy-in levels (High Roller $100k buy in event is usually reentry also) makes no difference to these players.
One of the bigger arguments for the other side is, that it allows for inflated prize pools with a smaller amount of participants. As by rebuying, your not adding another player to the tournament, but just reseating a player that had already existed. The inflation of the prizepool does also help all the players, and for those that did not have the lucky (or unlucky) experience of having to play against these elite players, they basically receive a free bonus of added prize money.
I described two sides of the argument, just to present it as a question for the rest of the forum. IMPO, I dont think the added prize money is worth it. I would agree to play tournaments with a set number of re-entries. As this at least gives everyone that plans on playing, and idea of how many bullets each player could fire. What potential there is for the prizepool, etc… But with some of these talented players, that have already made their endless trunks of money, I feel they are taking an added advantage that is currently only a loophole. Hearing the Danny Negraneu (sp? Sorry Daniel!) spent over $40K on a $1K re-entry just makes me feel that no matter what, he was going to buy his way deep into that tournament. I feel it would be similar to going to play a $1/2 cash, and putting $20K on the table when everyone else is playing with $300.
Whats everyones thoughts? And secondly… could we change the WSOP’s mind on this?