World Poker Tour commentator Mike Sexton takes a couple minutes to talk with Bluff Magazine's Thomas Keeling during the Borgata Poker Open about his feelings on tournament re-entries/rebuys.
When it comes to tournament poker, Sexton seems interested in leveling the playing field. That means making it so it doesn’t matter how big your bankroll is outside of any given tournament, if you buy-in he’d like everyone to have a fair shake with a single bullet. But, on the other hand, understanding that people travel from near and far for some events, it would really give players pause to get on a plane to play poker if they thought they could bust on hand number one without any recourse to have a second chance at it. So for that reason, Sexton totally gets why a single re-entry is acceptable.
It’s a battle of what is best for the player. With unlimited re-entries, as Sexton explains, people with little concern for money can simply exploit those with cash limitations as they push and push with marginal hands looking to simply double-up or buy back in. On the other hand, poker tours and larger poker series are counting on the poker community to make travel arrangements to participate in their large guarantee Main Events.
For Sexton, the single re-entry seems to be the happy medium. Another option would be to take a page from PokerStars big Sunday online tournaments and offer a 2nd Chance tournament.
Sure, everything is easier online, but inevitably when there is a large tournament going on, as it whittles down to the final table there’s not just space but plenty of hungry players looking to get back in action. Another, non-Main Event tournament with a significant buy-in would give those that suffer an early exit another crack could likely do pretty good business.