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Across: 1 Imp. 2 Lob.
4 Quite. 7 Ear. 8 Nag.
9 Old. 11 Don. 13 Shows.
Down: 1 Ideas. 2 Land's.
3 Bogus. 4 Quo. 5 End.
6 Man. 10 Doe. 12 One.
Tuberous potato-like root
Fragile Chinese boat
Solution to Friday's puzzle
The word may sound familiar, but do you know
what it means?
Complete the grid so that every row, column and 3 x 3 box contains every digit from 1 to 9 inclusively.
1 Cheeky child
2 Ball struck in a high arc
9 Of advanced years
11 Put on clothing
1&6 A chap with great
2&5 Extreme south-
western part of England
4Status. . .
10 Female deer
12 Single unit
The World Series of Poker
should adopt a new slogan for its
Main Event, which I would be
more than happy to make available
for a small fee: "Providing retire-
ment paths for 20-somethings
That s the year Peter Eastgate
won the event, at age 22---setting a
record for youngest-ever winner
before it was broken by Joe Cada
(21) by a matter of weeks the fol-
Since 08, all of the champs have
been well under 30, and all were
the youngest at the final table when
the first hand was dealt. And when
Ryan Riess, 23, took the gold on
Tuesday and collected his $8.36
million prize, it further established
that this trend is likely to contin-
"I have been dreaming about this
for a long time now," Riess said after
his heads-up victory over Jay Farber.
Well, if you count his 14th birthday,
when he started up a weekly $10-
buy-in home game in his Michigan
basement, as a long time ago.
Riess, a former part-time dealer,
played formidably at the final table,
eliminating four of the seven players
to get heads-up as a slight chip
underdog to Farber. Then the deck
looked upon him favorably, with big
pocket pairs (he was dealt queens
and jacks, twice each) and other
hands that held up as he chipped
up and claimed the crown in 91
Youth provides certain luxuries
at the poker table, with added
endurance topping the list.
Everybody knows the Chris Mon-
eymaker story. The Tennessee
accountant stepped into the 03
Main Event and won it in his first
live casino poker experience. Thus
the genius marketing ploy was
established that if he could win it,
So the tournament field swelled
from 839 to 6,352 on the 10-year
anniversary of the Moneymaker
effect (the record was 8,773 players
This required WSOP officials to
drastically alter both the structure
of the tournament and the time
required to play down to an eventual
winner throughout the years. This
hours or more of marathon poker,
but now more than a week of it is
required to make the final table.
Also, it s no longer the presence
that it once was (although there are
signs of its inevitable return), but
most players under 30 grew up dur-
ing the high times of real money
online poker. Online sites allowed
people to play thousands of hands
per day if they had the stamina for
it, and the hand experiences that
took older generations a lifetime to
acquire could be attained in a year
Another odd advantage is the
ability to see money differently.
Young players aren t used to having
it, so the concept of savings doesn t
have the importance that it takes
on in later years.
THERE'S GOOD REASON WHY THE WSOP IS DOMINATED BY YOUTH
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