ANZPT Repechage: Thank God for the French

Repechage (French: repêchage, "fishing out, rescuing") is a practice amongst ladder competitions (those with a series of rounds of competition) that allows participants who failed to meet qualifying standards by a small margin to continue to the next round.

The French were on to something when they created the "repechage". Obviously sick and tired of losing all the time, they sat around one day, put their heads together while sipping wine and eating baguettes, before deciding that losers deserved a second chance.

The repechage was born that day and ever since, rowers, cyclists, sailors and athletes all around the world have been thankful, knowing they could participate in their chosen fields, safe in the knowledge that close enough was good enough. Winning was no longer everything. Losers are AOK.

Fortunately the repechage concept works perfectly in poker. While there is a large skill component in the game, a poker tournament can end at any moment due to the worst possible kind of luck. Imagine an Olympic rower hitting some driftwood, getting a hole in their boat and sinking. They probably deserve a second chance right?


Well, we're sure that of the 192 players who were eliminated on Day 1a, approximately 192 of them hit driftwood. They all have a story to tell and will consider themselves unlucky to have been eliminated. The beauty of the repechage format is that there's no room for bad beat stories. Pony up another $1,100 and get back on the horse. The time for redemption is now.

The cards are in the air on Day 1b, and first glance there are plenty taking advantage of a second chance. Let's hope they make the most of it.

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