Bracelet or Millions? Dwan is Taking the Money
Every year at the WSOP Main Event, the question is always asked whether you would rather have the money or the WSOP bracelet. Until recent years, the answer was largely "I want the bracelet." Now it is shifting more to the "give me the $8 Million."
So far at this year's WSOP, two faces that have not been seen at the tables are Tom Dwan and Doyle Brunson. Brunson has already admitted that he doesn't have the stamina to go through a full slate of events and has also hinted that he would rather play cash games.
Tom Dwan isn't even in Vegas right. According to report, he is still over in Macau playing in the same cash games that have netted him Millions in a short amount of time.
Yes, it is still just the first few days of the WSOP but many expected Dwan to be there. At the same time, can you blame him for not being there.
If reports are true, he won over $4 Million in a single pot. With that much money being thrown around in cash games, why should he bother himself with events that pay just a few hundred thousand?
The bracelet you say?
What will a bracelet really get Tom Dwan? More respect? I doubt it. Yes, there are some that may consider him a more legit live tourney threat after winning a bracelet but most people that follow Dwan will do so whether or not he has a bracelet.
The other benefits that a player may gain via winning a bracelet almost don't apply to Dwan because he already has the rep and the track record. He clearly doesn't need sponsorship, so there really isn't much else winning a bracelet will win him.
Dwan and others stand to win a lot more in cash games than they ever will in most of the events at the WSOP, so for some to opt out of the events shouldn't be a shock.
Not everyone is obsessed like Phil Hellmuth about winning a bracelet or being popular worldwide. For some, it is all about the Benjamins.
Besides, isn't that one of the main reasons we play the game?