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Pros Look For Early Edge at WSOP Main Event
For some players it comes down to superstition, while others believe it’s an exact science.
Pros at the WSOP Main Event will look for any small advantage they can gain when choosing between one of four starting days.
The best strategy depends on who you ask.
"I was going to play in Day 1a," said Eugene Katchalov. "But I didn't want to have four days off between day one and day two, so I chose Day 1c instead."
"Day 1a is probably the softest because no one plays it," said three-time WSOP bracelet winner Daniel Alaei. "Everyone I know is playing today [1c]."
Still, Alaei likes his Day 1c draw.
"Even if there are 200 pros, there are still 2,500 other people," he said.
By choosing 1c, Alaei also bought himself a little more rest between his bracelet winning Pot-Limit Omaha event that finished late on Sunday and his noon start time on Wednesday.
Terrence Chan prefers a more formulaic approach in selecting his starting day.
"I think there are softer fields on different days, but it's harder to predict than most pros think," said Chan. "I think this year Day 1d will be the softest because it's closest to the weekend and the most people [amateurs] can take that day off of work."
Hoyt Corkins also believes the last day could provide the softest field.
"You've got the most people traveling and flying in for Day 1d, so that's probably the softest, but I haven't studied these things," Corkins said.
For those hoping to capitalize on Day 1d, registering with plenty of time to spare ought to be the number one priority. Last year's Day 1d sold out and left some players out in the cold. While the WSOP has taken measures to prevent that from happening this year, there is still a large crowd expected.
"I always pick Day 1c because it has the biggest field without the fiasco of Day 1d," said Amnon Filippi. "The first two days don't have the bigger fields."
Finally last year's Main Event Champion Joe Cada takes a superstitious, yet straight forward approach.
"I chose 1C because that was my starting day last year," Cada said.