How to Attack the WSOP, Part 3: Coming Prepared

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How to Attack the WSOP Part 3 - Coming Prepared
One of the appeals of poker is that anyone can do it, at least on a basic level. As Chris Moneymaker showed when he took on a slew of pros like Phil Ivey and Sam Farha at the2003 World Series of Poker Main Event, all you need is your wits, nerves of steel, and maybe an impassive face aided by a pair of reflective gold lenses.

That may indeed be the case, but a few extra supplies and a little bit of preparation will go a long way toward making your WSOP experience as smooth and enjoyable as possible.

One thing you’ll notice if you walk into the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino and wander around the poker rooms is that a ton of players are toting around a backpack or satchel of some sort. That’s step one: bringing a tote to carry your stuff. What will that tote hold?

To start with, you’ll want some snacks. Days at the WSOP are very long. If you sit down for the first hand of poker for a “standard” 11 a.m. event, you’re looking at 10 hours of solid grinding, and that’s not taking into account breaks, which add more than two hours on Day 1s. For a 3 p.m. start, it’s going to be 10 hours at the tables and about another hour of breaks.

Make sure, then, that you throw some healthy snacks in your bag. I find granola bars to be a great option. Another staple for me is fruit. Bananas are nice but if you have a bunch of solid objects in the bag, they can get smashed and make a mess. Apples are probably the best overall option since they’re filling and tough. Read More