Loni Harwood is a favorite of mine, and I was pleased to see she won this event for her second bracelet. I was in New Orleans in 2012 when she won her first ring see here. I congratulated her and was impressed in that she was nice to a nobody like me. Some players aren't like that.
While reading the National Championship report, I ran across this:
It was no surprise to see numerous bracelet winners in this tough field, including the record holder for most career WSOP bracelets. Phil Hellmuth bought into this event, taking his seat just after dinner on Day 1. His stay was short lived, however, as he busted out just about two hours later.
Phil Hellmuth is a smart player, but I think he does one thing which is completely dumb. He likes to make his entrance into a tourament well after its start. His thinking, I believe, is that the pots aren't that big until after antes kick in. He calls it entering "fashionably late."
First of all, pots indeed can be big during the early portion. I've seem players spew off tons of chips with marginal hands. The flop is A 8 5, and they have big slick. They bet the flop, bet the turn and get raised and call. Then they call a big bet on the river and act surprised when the other player shows them a set of 8s.
The main thing, however, you give up when you enter late is watching the players at your table. How they bet, how they handle their chips, what cards they show in what situations, etc. There is a gold mine of information out there that Phil Hellmuth misses.
I don't get it.