Well the BBT has come to an end and what a great series it's been. Thanks to the idea men Hoy, , and especially Al who took time out to run the numbers, set up the prizes, and to keep us lazy degenerates up-to-date on with all the info. Great idea boys and a smashing success.
Congrats to Trip Jacks for taking down the Big Game last night and thanks to everyone who supports it. We had a rough patch this winter when we hit a low of 17 entrants but the BBT certainly helped put the Big Game back on the map with 53, 49, and 45 entries for the three games making a whopping $10,143 in prize money. Even though the BBT is over the Big Game will continue for as long as players keep showing up so continue to win those tokens and take a shot at the biggest blogger prize pool available.
Alright lets get this out of way; I truly apologize if I may have offended anyone with my tirade last night at the Final Table. Even though I did predict who would play HU to win things, my comments toward a lot of different people were harsh, mean-spirited, and quite simply out of line. I sincerely hope that the multiple people I ranted towards will accept my apology and as we go forward it will be a focus for me to have fun in these events and leave the trash talk out.
I've always been highly competitive and with that a poor loser and although its quite embarrassing at times I still seem to put my foot in my mouth more often than I should. Heck I've even been directed to some blogs I don't even read who are apparent haters. Something about 'fuck me and every thing I stand for' and 'I'm a terrible poker player and the only reason I survive is I have a bankroll?' I've always been fairly self-absorbed and one thing about me is I wear my emotions on my sleeve so at times my words do not get channeled through the filter that most of you have and later I regret saying them. For the sake of personal growth this is something I will consciously work on and my comments towards any ones play is mine and mine alone I will try to keep those thoughts under wraps. Fair enough? If not keep on hating I do get a kick out of that.
This is no way derogatory towards the BBT or the guys who put this together but it will be interesting to see the discussion on a new scoring system if and when the BBT starts Series II. It's obvious to everyone I'm sure that while this was a great series and the participation was beyond expectation the scoring system was flawed. I think when Al posts the spreadsheet with Net $ won, a lot of heads are going to turn. I bet, of people who qualified for the free roll, which is 20 events I believe, that maybe 15% actually made a profit during the BBT and that some people that even finished in the Top Ten will show a net of (-$700).
We keep score at poker with money so hopefully net cash or a formula that balances net cash with the buy-in amount will be used in the next series. I do know that there are a lot of smart people out there and as a group we can get some consensus on how to keep track in a more fair way. Folding to the points and losses of several hundred dollars does not in my mind constitute who the best players are. Again no bad words here, just voicing some thoughts on how to improve a kick-ass idea.
As for me I'm burnt out and in need of a vacation so I'm heading to NYC for a week. Great timing too as the mega donkeys from around the world will be hitting town this week for the start of the Main Event. Since the Venetian final table two weeks ago, I'm not running so well, I'm feeling burnt out, and frustrated, so the time spent away from poker will be much needed. I'm certain I'll come back fresh and ready to go with a good attitude to match so beware all you haters, nice Don will be back.
I will probably give a few updates from the road and I hope everyone has a great week. Also enjoy the 4th of July and while I know so many people are disgruntled with the current administration, hopefully all Americans out there will remember how great our country is and will think about all the true freedoms we really enjoy.