Monday, July 07, 2008

Still A Sports Betting Donkey

David Walsh: I've never been one to judge a book by its cover. Unless, of course, the cover of the book reads: "The Guy Sitting Next To Me Just Shit Himself".
”Employee of the Month”

It’s official, I am cursed when it comes to sports betting. I made what I thought were some great picks that came through for a multi, only to have it fall over a the final hurdle when the bottom placed Melbourne Demons got only their second win for the season. I can’t seem to take a trick in these things, and it seems like a good time to pull the pin.

That, or the bookies here are setting too tight odds and I have to parlay in order to get a decent return for my bets. Or maybe I just suck. Yeah, I’m thinking the later.

I haven’t followed the World Series Of Poker this year as much as previous years, though last year my interest did decline slightly. I don’t put it down to a poker recession, poker is doing just fine. Maybe tournament poker is lacking a little interest. Maybe, even more specifically, tournament texas holdem is just getting a little stale?

For me it is more that I am interested in cash games these days. There seems to be more skill involved for mine, and it seems more realistic as to actual play. Essentially, tournaments come down to “Oh well, I have to shove it all in and hope for the best” and we’ve seen every coin flip and one outer there is since the poker boom. Cash games offer more possibilities to me – the deals you can do and such, the stupid side bets – and the constant nature of the game means you can have some more fun and not be risking sitting out for the remainder should one hand not go your way. I’m glad to hear though that the main event has settled down a little bit, in regards to the chair standing idiots that ESPN shows more often than not.

I’ve checked in on Wikipedia every now and then to see who won a bracelet, but that’s about it for this year. It’s just not the same for a casual fan like myself anymore. Though when the coverage comes on ESPN later this year, I will be more interested in the $50K event than the main event, which has been a trend I believe since the $50K event was added a few years ago. This needs more recognition by Harrahs than it does get already. It’s really the only other bracelet that means something besides being a bracelet tally.

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