Last year when poker players heard about the idea that World Series of Poker officials were thinking about delaying the World Series of Poker Main Event final table for almost four months after the final nine players were determined, people just could not stop talking about how either it was going to be a disaster or it is going to be a genius idea that could help the sport of poker. Well there is another possibility going around that could almost help or hurt the World Series of Poker once again. This time World Series of Poker officials are considering getting rid of all the re-buy tournaments during the 2009 World Series of Poker, because of the fact that to many players are complaining about professionals being able to re-buy 8, 9 or even 10+ times when realistically the average player may only be able to re-buy 2, 3, maybe 4 times. The complaints are focused on the fact that people are saying the professionals are basically able to buy their bracelets since their bankrolls are 10 times the size of an average player.
The World Series of Poker officials have not made any sort of decision about whether or not to get rid of the re-buy tournaments because they are still in discussions with the Player’s Advisory Council who has the players best interest in mind as a whole not as a group such as high stakes poker players. A member of that players council is Daniel Negreanu who says that he is for the change only do to the fact that he believes that he has an unfair advantage over the average player who may not be able to afford upwards of 10 re-buys like most professional poker players do. One player that is completely against the change is 2008 World Series of Poker $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha Re-buy Champion Layne Flack who says that it was his skill that earned him the bracelet and not how many times he was able to re-buy into the tournament.
In some other news about possible changes to the 2009 World Series of Poker lineup. Officials are considering the addition of a winner take all tournament which would beÂ a lower buy-in tournament to try and get more feedback rather then having a larger buy-in and smaller feedback. However none of these changes have been approved yet and we will let you know the minute we hear of any change to the 2009 World Series of Poker.