The Tao of WCOOP Main Event defeat

September 22, 2017

You are the gladiators who dare enter the arena. You are the men and women who dare greatly, so that you can achieve greatly. You are the poker players who will bust out of the WCOOP Main Event having never caught glimpse of the promised land. You’re the heroes of WCOOP who strived valiantly, but erred. There’s nobility in that.

So much so that this post is a tribute to all those players who right now have the same high hopes that the eventual winner currently has, only none of us yet knows who is who.


For the likelihood is that in an event of around 2,000 players, most players will wake up Monday morning with just the memories. Some will fall heroically short, others comically so. But none will have wasted their effort.

With that in mind here’s our ode to the defeated Main Event player. It will do nothing to remove the sting, and you’ll nod when reading it now assuming it’s going to happen to some other guy. But it’s worth a try. (It’s okay, we’re not talking about you, we mean those other people).

With that in mind we’ve found some of the, err, more “inspirational” quotes about failure to cushion the inevitable this weekend.

“Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new.”

Albert Einstein was right, and he would know, having written the first paper on the special theory of relativity almost exactly 112 years ago. Just don’t misuse this quote when you try something stupid with seven-deuce.

“Don’t feel failure. – Not failure, but low aim, is the crime. In great attempts it is glorious even to fail.”

Bruce Lee was right. You can’t go much higher than the WCOOP Main Event. So at least you have that part right. If you must fail, be glorious when doing so. But not with that seven-deuce.

bruce-lee-22sept17.jpgBruce Lee never played the WCOOP, but if he had done we like to think this is how he would have approached it

“All great achievements require time.”

Maya Angelou was right. The WCOOP Main Event will take the best part of three days to win. You’ve got to be in for the long haul, and that means avoiding the urge to hurry.

“The best revenge is massive success.”

Frank Sinatra was right. So, if you busted early last year maybe this year is your revenge year. There’s only one way to find out. And if it turns out you’re wrong, then this probably refers to next year.

We’ll have a full report of the final table on the Blog, as well as all the results from the weekend first thing on Monday. At which point we’ll have a good idea of the Main Event contenders.

With that all that’s left to say is good luck to everyone taking part in the big one this weekend, and commiserations to everyone who fails gloriously.

Not you obviously, we mean the other guy. You’re going to be fine.

Stephen Bartley is a staff writer for the PokerStars Blog. Follow him on Twitter: @StephenBartley. What did you think about this post? Let us know on Twitter: @PokerStarsBlog.


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