How Hoy won his seat:
Yes, his "win" is as real as pro wrestling. I just couldn't resist.
Yesterday's poker wasn't too good. I was overly aggressive in the Le Cheese Challenge sponsored by Rakebrain. I kept betting with Q Q even though there was a K on the board. I basically gave the chips away with a river bet. Very dumb on my part. Big thanks again to RakeBrain for hosting the tournament for us.
I fared better in the RiverChasers but didn't cash. Out on the bubble. I had my aces cracked twice in the last hour. Can't complain though as I wouldn't have made it that far if I hadn't cracked aces with the Hiltons earlier.
Hoy has an interesting post up where he basically says "Nah uh! It's you who is ruining it." Let's get some things straight here. No one said chopping the prize pool is bad. It has been done before and will be done again. It is all about laying down and giving the seat to someone. You may think it is fair to those who won their seat outright but it isn't.
I have never claimed to be part of any inner circle. I haven't said I was at the first blogger event. I am no "A-lister" (a joke that has gone way above most peoples heads). I don't speak for anyone but myself. From the feedback I have received, it appears I have spoken what many have thought. These games have changed. It is the natural evolution of a community. Some people are never go to get it. At least not get it like those that have been meeting up with each other for more than the last year or two.
That really seems to be it. It is two different worlds. If you haven't spent the night drinking at the Sherwood Forest bar at the Excal with a slew of people, watched the McGrupps light one, made bets on the wheel, or followed Al to a Mexican restaurant for more drinks, or even stormed the Castle, then you will not understand where I am coming from. The blogger world as you know it is different.
I wouldn't say that it is necessarily for the worse either as I have met cool people over the past year. Civility and respect for people as players of the game has gone straight down hill. Buying a seat was just the latest addition to the mountain of crap. See Circle 3 for more info. Watch, someone is going to rig the TOC game.
Hoy pointed out that many of the "old schoolers" don't play in the BBT. Hmm... I wonder why.