The list of strong players who went deep but came up short goes on and on. Players we all know; players whose game we respect. This year the buy-ins for the Championship events were raised almost across the board and it seems like the toughness of the fields is reflecting that jump.
In 2005 there was only one Championship event - the Main Event. In 2006, the Tom Dwan, Alex Kravchenko, Daniel Negreanu, Phil Ivey and Robert Mizrachi. Are you starting to get the picture?
An event designated "Championship" should have a buy-in high enough so that the title carries some weight. Something that distinguishes it from the other events.
The extra chips in these events allow more play and more time for the players to do what they do best and just play poker. This means luck becomes less of a factor, which in turn gives the heaviest cream more opportunity to rise to the top.
It seems like this year the WSOP heard what the players had to say and acted accordingly. As a result, we've already had three fantastic Championship events, with another epic final table currently in the making. Way to go WSOP organizers!