Poker Pro MJ Bernstein's Blog
After reading through the ME live coverage, it appears skill played a very small role on this final table as far as the outcome thus far is concerned. The two guys that ran the best are now heads-up and will finish things up next week.
For the most part, I think it's a real curse for most people to win early in their careers. I was actually having a conversation about this with well known poker player and author, Tom Schneider, not long ago. Drawing a 2 or 3 outer on a final table -one, or multiple times- on the way to a win can lead to worse things for individuals then if they had never won at all. I'm not worried so much about Moon because he seems comfortable with who he is and where he is at in life. But, for a guy like Cada, well, I just don't know. From what I can see, neither of these guys have ever been at a final table before, nor have I ever heard or played with either of them. I think any WSOP bracelet -ME or otherwise- should be the culmination of skill, endurance and experiences developed over years at the poker table. Of course, this is not always what happens and that's what feeds into the unpredictability and beauty of poker.
When the final two players sit back down on Monday, the outcome of the most prestigious tournament in the world -one that began with 8000+ players last summer- will be decided. Moon or Cada's win will be written into the books (and be there forever) and the rest of us will spend another year in anticipation of a shot at the same feat. GL to the two of you and congratulations to the rest of the final table participants.
See you at the tables,
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