Kessler was critical of the structure of the tournament arguing that the levels during the tournament were too short meaning that the second half of the tournament was decided by All-In bets that don’t favor the more skilled player.
Kessler believes that longer tournament with wider structures add positive expected value (EV) for professional poker players.
“If you don’t extend the level length as the event progresses, stacks become too short at the end, resulting in a series of all ins before it finally corrects itself,” Kessler said on Facebook.
Sexton, who is considered a leading poker ambassador, disagrees with Kessler and believes longer tournament aren’t good for the game.
“As for wider structures and longer live events, I’m against them because I don’t think they’re good for the game nor for the players who think they’re good for them,” Sexton said in a blog on Party Poker.
“Longer events make it less likely that businessmen (amateurs that add value) will play a tournament as recreational players can’t take a week off their job or away from their families to play poker tournaments.
“Second, if a recreational player wins a big-time event, it helps the growth of the game.
Sexton uses Chris Moneymaker, whose victory in the 2003 World Series of Poker Main Event is said to have been one of the main reasons for the Poker boom, as an example of an amateur player winning a tournament having a positive effect on the entire poker community.
“Does anyone think that a top pro – and fill in any name you want – winning a big-time tourney would benefit the game (meaning bring more players into poker) more than a newbie to poker who won a satellite to get in, or a prominent businessman or celebrity, or especially, an attractive young lady just getting started in poker,” Sexton said.
Sexton said that four days is the perfect length for World Poker Tour events as it gives recreational players the best possible opportunity to play in events without putting their jobs at risk.
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