Sunday, January 30, 2011

Proven vs. Unproven: All Equal on the Felt

Borgata Winter Poker Open Championship  

Over on table five is an excellent example of the beauty of tournament poker.  The fixed buy-in format is the great equalizer.  It costs everyone the same amount to enter and they all get the same amount of chips to use as ammunition. 

Once you're on the felt, it comes down to your ability and luck.  It doesn't matter if you're a millionaire or stone cold broke.  Everyone is measured by how many chips they have.  It doesn't matter how many bracelets you have won, just how well you can play on Any Given Sunday.

 Matt Matros and Terry Grimes

At one end of table five is Matt Matros:  Poker coach at CardRunners, author of The Making of a Poker Player, with over $1.5 million lifetime tournament earnings.  Matt won his first WSOP bracelet this past summer in the $1,500 Limit Hold'em event.

At the other end is Terry Grimes (New Rochelle, NY) who finished 18th in the $1k No Limit event in this series ($2,444).  Terry is working on his first big win and who knows?  This could be his event.

Bottom line is that when Shuffle Up & Deal was heard shortly after 11am today, these two guys were even with 30k each.