ACOP Main Event Day 3: The chaos theory
There's no arguing that tournament poker has evolved over the years. The game is far more aggressive than we've ever seen before with players prepared to three, four, five and even six-bet light. They know that you need to be willing to risk it all in order to maximize your chance of overall success.
It also means that we've seen a trend in tournaments around the world where we have an extremely high attrition rate. We see it wherever we go, but it's even more noticeable in Macau where the players are renowned for their love of the gamble.
Here in the ACOP Main Event we've just returned from a quick dinner break. There were 31 players who headed off to dinner when the average stack was a tick under 100 big blinds. These guys are deep, yet we've lost over 40 players today. Some thought we wouldn't even get to 40 players today. Others wondered whether we would reach the money or not. It now seems inevitable. And beyond.
Pop. Lost one. 30.
Even now after dinner, the players still have a comfortable average stack of over 80 big blinds. That's plenty! There's no real reason for players to be under any pressure here.
Perhaps the discrepancy between the big stacks and the short stacks has something to do with it. Yoshitaka Okawa, Chenxiang Miao and Peter Ping San Chan all have almost 600,000 in chips apiece, or a staggering 250 big blinds.
Bang, bang. Two more down. 28.
Or perhaps it's all to do with Danny McDonagh's theory of more chips means more flops which means more action. Hmmm, that's probably a discussion for another time.
And there goes another. Just 27 remain, and we're now two off the bubble. Average of over 90 big blinds. Hold on to your hats, it's been a bumpy ride so far. Surely it will slow down sometime soon right?
Heath "TassieDevil" Chick is a Freelance Contributor for the PokerStars Blog.