Jun. 24th, 2008

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I've kind of given up expecting decent editing in professional publishing these days. Yesterday I bought the paperback edition of Andrew Marr's A Modern History of Britain, which contains an, obviously hurriedly written, updated introduction, covering the subprime crisis.

While it might just about be acceptable for "focussing" to make its way through, I was amazed to see the phrase "fed up of" make its way past Marr's internal editing style. That's on a par with "try and make progress".

Of course, if any publisher's editor or proofreader over the age of five had gone through the copy, both would have been excised and we would have never been the wiser.

Notwithstanding all that (and realizing that I am making myself a severe hostage to fortune), the opening chapter of the book is execllent and so far the book is living up to the masterful TV series.

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It's a known fact that the games in Las Vegas are softer at the weekend; indeed, the Youngster opined after his last visit that to take the 11-day Monday to the following Thursday option was a false economy. The extra $60 or so on the hotel bill for weekend nights was as nothing to the extra edge obtained at the tables.

But in the past the WSOP has seemed somewhat immune to this. Not any more. References have been made to the weekend tournaments being notably softer.

Other signs of the times. Not only have the $1,500 tournaments been called donkaments, lolaments and just about anything else but seriousaments, but the frightening thing is that I find myself nodding in agreement. When did a $1,500 entry fee suddenly become petty cash? I remember the first series of Late Night Poker having an entry fee of £1,500 (little more than $2,300 at the time) and that seemed to me like ginormous money. I guess that building up the profit (and bankroll) over the years has made a difference to me, and to many other UK players. After all, if you can take a $400 swing on the turn of a card with little more than a "there's standard deviation for you" shrug, then a $1,500 entry fee isn't going to cause much concern.

I think that the $50k tournaments seem to me now the way that the $2,500 tournaments did eight years ago, and I suspect that there are several other UK players who have gone through a similar change of values.

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