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Chasing Dreams: Player Goals and Expectations at the World Series of Poker — Poll Results

This is a follow-up column with results of the poll questions that were posted at the Card Player website back in May.

Question 1: If you won a World Series of Poker satellite and collected $10,000 in cash, if given the opportunity — would you rather keep the cash (and not play) or take your chances in the championship event?

  • Keep the money — 64 percent
  • Play in the tournament — 36 percent

 

Comments: These percentages were to be expected. If given the opportunity, more poker players would prefer to keep $10,000 in winnings rather than “invest” the money in a major event. To a certain extent, I expect that these numbers break down according to the economic means of players who responded to the poll. Less affluent players were probably more inclined to want to keep the money, whereas players with larger bankrolls likely prefer to play in the big event.

 

Question 2: If you could determine the outcome in advance, would you be content with a respectable “in the money” finish in the WSOP main event — which pays $15,000 (netting a profit of $5,000)?

 

  • Yes — 74 percent

 

  • No — 26 percent

 

Comments: By nearly a 3-to-1 margin, most poker players would be satisfied with a modest profit — if given the chance. In e-mails I received on this question, some respondents mentioned that accepting an in-the-money finish meant being able to play several hours of tournament poker at the highest level. The experience gained would be invaluable. To net a profit of $5,000 and gain tournament experience was enough of an incentive to accept the option.

 

Question 3: All things being equal, which do you think is more difficult in a typical World Series event — making it “into the …