When poker players write on their blog about major tournaments that they have recently attended, they normally brag about their performance or do it to complain about something they found unfair. Jake Cody wrote an informative piece on his own blog at PokerStarsblog.com, but kept the article unbiased and highlighted the importance of focusing at the task at hand while sticking to your routine.
The British poker player didn’t win an event at this year’s WSOP, but made the final table of the no limit hold them $1000 turbo event. This money finish helped him offset all previous losses and hadn’t been for an unlucky coin flip, he is confident that he would’ve won the tournament. Despite being in Las Vegas, Cody tried to make as little changes as possible to his routine, and kept going to the gym and woke up early, so that he was always in the best shape.
Major poker tournaments in general and World Series of Poker in particular can be very stressful for players who are not used to spending long hours at the tables. Grinders buy in for most side events and end up playing for 10 hours in a row on a daily basis, so they need their stamina and the ability to stay focused throughout the day. The most frustrating thing is to play for six or seven hours in a row only to bust outside the money and be forced to start it all over again the next day.
Jack Cody expressed his satisfaction for WSOP organisers’ decision of introducing some turbo events and he goes as far as to recommend all $1,000 and $1,500 NLHE to become turbo events. The impact on good players is minimal in the latter stages of the game and the only difference is that they get to cull the competition much faster. The field of thousands of players is reduced to double digits in a single day, so those who make Day 2, usually enjoy a nice return on investment.
Cody looks forward for the next World Series of Poker, but meanwhile he returned to Leeds to compete in the WCOOP, instead of crossing the border to Mexico or Vancouver. Apparently it helps him a lot to have home pitch advantage even if this translates to nothing more than being at home when playing online poker. Jake says that it is much easier to follow his routine while in Leeds, something that it is extremely important for a professional poker player with high expectations.