I haven't played in the WSOP but I would love to on day if I could ever afford it but I am a fan of the tournaments and especially the main event. It would be nice to see a twist to how the WSOP get the final 9 players. I haven't done enough research if this has ever been done but my crazy dream idea is this. There would be 8 of the 9 different brackets or groups that entrants would fall into during the 7 day stretch. The 8 groups would be 4 groups men and women divided. "The Pros" (group 1 women/group 2 men); "Cashers" Those that ever cashed at least once in the past 5 years that are not labeled as pros and if it's been longer than 5 years then they would fall in the nest group; "Returners" this group are the people who's played in the WSOP at least once in the past 5 years and that have not cashed in the past 5 years that does not hold a Pro status; "First timers" this group are entrants that NEVER played in the WSOP ever and all this groups are divided between men and woman. The last group is flexible. But this group is the "Re-Buyers" you can re-buy only once and only right after Day 1, therefore, they "Re-Buyers" (men & women) would have their own group by day 2. The winner of each bracket or group would lead us to the November final table with 9 players.
The PROS: 1. "I think" this would attract more new amateurs because they would feel that they have every chance to make it the November final table. 2. It'll even out the playing field. 3. You would have at least 4 women in the final table and this would encourage more women to play in the WSOP. 4. The re-buy would be loved by those that have deep pockets and increase the price fund or for good publicity donate that money (I know all you greedy playas are hating right now). But it's always good to give back (not to say the WSOP does not), referring to the "One Drop." 5. This format wouldn't feel so overwhelming having to battle for 9 spots over 6,000+ players. But that would be a good problem if each group ended up with 6,000 entrants. Imagine, 6,700 entries for $10k each is almost $67 million in price pool (of course the bills have to be paid). But if this new idea gets up to 2,000 entrants for each bracket (9) that would be a total of 18,000 entries and would equal to a total of 180 million dollars! Imagine giving away 50-100 million dollars for first price! 6. Overall, attract more players! Since champion Chris the Moneymaker, the entrants went from 839 to 2576 the following year, 5619 the next and 8773 in the next in 2006 according to wiki. But since then it's been an average of just under 6,700 entries. A rookie poker player changed the face of poker. Since then, anyone feels that they could win the WSOP. But I believe that has dwindled down.
The Cons: 1. If the groups are not way out balance when it comes to entires, then that group champion would have a stronger advantage in chip count when they get to the final table. (For example) If there are 2000 pro with starting chips of 10,000 then that would give the champion with 20,000,000 to start in the final table. But if the re-buy group has only 1000 players that starts with 10,000 chips starting in day 2, that champion in that group would only have 10,000,000 million dollar chips to start with. The only fix I could think of and this would be out of poker tournament character is, for all 9 players to start with the same amount of chips at the final table. (NOTE: The WSOP could use this format for other tournaments as a pilot program and/or have players fill out a survey explaining the new format and if yes or no they would like to see this for the main event. 2. Beware of "Sandbaggers" those that claims to be pros but will sign up to be an amateur. Of course some people like Danny Nagreanu would not be able to get away from it. I guess WSOP will have to know way or create away to determine who's a pro or not. Or if someone used to be a pro but have not played for over 10 years, is he still a pro? 3. Some people may argue that 4 or 5 women in the final table would ruin the game, I dare you to tell that to one of the women pro's, they might just punch you in the face and beat you up. 4. Only 2 pro's at the final table will give them more of an edge. (I don't think so. I think by this time, all 9 players should be considered a pro or just very lucky?)
That's all I could think of but I know for sure some of you guys out there are heavier thinkers than I am and will add to this forum.
Last edited 05 November 2015