Main Event Champ Blumstein Says Marathon Is A Must-Play

Almost 1500 players turned out for the opening day of the Marathon, the WSOPs 5-day No Limit Holdem tournament which last years Main Event winner claims is a must-play for anyone serious about tournament play…

By: Andrew Burnett



With a prizefund already sitting at close on $3.5million - and likely to be higher once the day two late-regs take their seats – Blumstein believes the ‘Chainsaw-approved’ 100-minute levels structure is second only to the Main Event, with events such as 20-minute levels the Millionaire Maker more of a crapshoot…



Quite a number of well-known faces seemed to agree with Blumstein, parking their butts down early and building up decent stacks by the end of play, former November Niner Cliff Josephy, double Main Event champ Scotty Nguyen, soon-to-be-retired Cate Hall and writer-turned-poker pro Maria Konnikova, apparently recovered from her day off …



It would be Joshua Smith, Sanjay Dulabh and Pablo Fernandez Campo topping the list of chip stacks by end of play, but those who fell at the first hurdle was another who’s-who of the game, Kenny Halleart and Jennifer Tilly chief among them.

Quite how well, or even if, Blumstein got on himself is unclear - no mention of him in WSOP dispatches!


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