The Cream Rises to the Top
With great structures and a lot of starting chips, the cream seems to rise to the top of tournaments. After all, didn’t Johnny Moss take all of the money in a five month freeze-out at Binion’s?
This seems to be proving true at these events. In tournament after tournament, we’ve seen the toughest players getting the top prizes. Competition is fierce once the money is reached.
Today featured a noon no-limit hold’em event with more top players making the final table. Even pros like Mel Judah took a look at the tables and walked away! Asher Derei gaped and decided to play a satellite for tomorrow’s tournament instead. The best competitors are challenging themselves against their peers at these tough events.
At one table, the line-up included Tom F, Scott Fischman, Charlie Shoten and Jim Meehan.
As play got shorter, there were few all-in hands. The perfect structure, combined with so many starting chips kept players from making all-in moves. Only the short stacks were forced to gamble, and after a couple of big beats, Tom F. did just that. His KQ was called by tens, and he got no help.
The final three players waited out an extremely short stack, who had nursed his few chips for hours. Once the short stack was eliminated, the remaining players decided to make a deal.
Terry Myers was in first place with 15,700 in chips. Louis A. wasn’t far behind with 13,500, silently accumulating a lead hour after hour of play. Minneapolis Jim Meehan was a distant third, but still quite well off, with 7,100.
A chip count deal was struck, with all players being perfect gentlemen and agreeing to fair terms.
“Minneapolis Jim” Meehan is well known in the poker world. He doesn’t consider any game his best game, asserting that he just loves to play them all! Although third in chips, Jim received second place standings and $3,200.
All three players raved over the structure of this event, and claim they will be back tomorrow. When asked what game Jim was going to play, he responded, “With this kind of juice and structure, I’ll play any event they spread!”