Heard someone say the other day that if they could only afford to play the WSOP Main Event every year then they could cash it every time because the field was so soft.
I don’t know about that. When I look at this stat from The Hendon Mob, I see the names of people who played the Main Event for twenty or thirty years straight (or more in the case of Doyle Brunson). I have to assume Phil Hellmuth has played every one since he won thirty years ago, and even he’s “only’ cashed 27% of the time. Johnny Chan has been in it since before Hellmuth (obviously). There was a 15-year period (1993–2007) where Chan had no Main Event cashes, with most of that taking place in the pre-Moneymaker era. Do you think you’re better than Johnny “Fucking” Chan, punk? Do ya?
See also my PokerNews article from a couple years back: “Top Top”: Going Deep More Than Once in the WSOP Main Event.