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The Nightly Turbo: PokerStars Pro Shot During Robbery, Mike Sexton Talks EV, and More

Nightly Turbo The poker world is sending out thoughts and prayers to Theo Jorgensen tonight. We'll bring you that story, plus Mike Sexton's thoughts on the tournament structure debate, in this edition of the Nightly Turbo. In Case You Missed It The Full Tilt Online Poker Series (FTOPS) returned on Sunday. Several notables made deep runs in Event #1, including the blazing hot Dan "KingDan23" Smith. What was life like for Team PokerStars Pro Randy "nanonoko" Lew before he found poker? Find out that and more in the latest Seat Open. How did Sunday's majors play out at PokerStars? Who...

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Mike is right


Mike Sexton really gets it ... and so he should, having witnessed first hand the growth of poker internationally via the World Poker Tour. As one of the "Amateurs" that Mike talks about, I satellited into a bunch of WPT events. I could play because they were reasonably short (four or five days) and have a democratic structure. In the WPT Paris last year (2011) it looked like one third of the field was qualifying amateurs.

Think about it ... 25% - 33% of the prize fund came directly from amateurs.

Any policy that affects the number of amateurs will - eventually - affect the prize fund in a negative way.

I have little patience with poker pros who feel that they are God's gift to poker and can't handle a larger playing field where everyone starts with the same stack of chips and get two cards at the start of each hand. Poker became popular because MORE people got involved and this means any changes should bring MORE amateurs into the process ... not less.

Mike knows this instinctively and from serious practical experience: listen to him.

"The lucky player is usually the player that knows how much to leave to chance."

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