Poker is a Marathon - Every Day...
David Bach just took the $50,000 H.O.R.S.E. Event in what resulted in yet another new all-time record for final table length. While the H.O.R.S.E. final table has been famous for long final tables, this year, it is just another in a long line of ridiculously long day threes. The main reason behind this is the WSOPâs new 3 a.m. rule.
The rule basically states that no tournament can go past 3 a.m. on a Day 2 unless the final day is televised. From the way it has been enforced this year, ESPN 360 does not count as being televised. What has this meant? This has meant that in many cases, as many as 30 players have returned to start Day 3 play.
Some events have really not been affected. Others have been affected significantly. For example, in one event, the final table bubble lasted three hours. Matt Grahamâs recent bracelet win was at a final table that lasted until 4:30 in the morning for an event that really should not have went past midnight.
In my opinion, I think they need to go back to playing Day 2 until there is a final table. If not the final table, at least let them play until 5 a.m. or 6 a.m. In many cases, another hour or two of play would have set the final table or gotten them much closer. The dynamic is also changed. If you are at a table with a couple of players that are older and are clearly getting fatigued, it works in your benefit to continue play. If you stop play, you allow them to rest up and, in some cases, catch up.
Also, I think it cheapens the final table a bit. You work your way to final table play and it starts almost as unceremoniously as a $60 buy-in event at a local casino. Yes, players get announced etc, but there is still something to be said for some final table buildup. Personally, I prefer to play it out. Let the players play to the final table and stop these mega-marathon final tables.