As I have said many times in the past, if you are going to reseat the players then random is wrong. What is the purpose? So if you are going to reseat them, why not balance the tables?

As BJ has pointed out below, going into today’s Final Three tables the chip counts per table look like this.

Chip Count Per Table

Table 1 … 34,010,000

Table 2 … 24,135,000

Table 3 … 30,101,000

Now you are never going to get a perfect balance when the chipleader has just a monster stack, as Jamie Gold does today. But the Sommerfeld Reseating System helps a lot. Jamie would be at the first table, then the next chip stack is at two, and the third at table three. The order is reverse and chip stack four is at table three, five at two and six at one. Reverse again and keep going. Do that with these final tables and even with the monster chip lead you get more reasonably balanced tables.

Chip Count Per Table

Table 1 … 32,880,000

Table 2 … 27,846,000

Table 3 … 27,520,000

Yes, you could in theory almost completely balance the tables but that would mean putting most or all of the short stacks with the huge chip leader and that would spell disaster for the short stacks and the rest of the field as the Sihoki Slot pounds them into submission. This actually is close to the situation we have today; Jamie Gold is on table #3 in today’s draw, so he has 13M of the 30.1 M at his table and will be blasting away at those short stacks.

Analysis of Chip Counts and Table Draws – Final 3 Tables

Here are the breakdowns, by seating position, of the final 27 players. Poker Shrink gave you the view in chip count order, but this gives us a different perspective.

There were three players with different “official” chip counts released by Harrah’s and CardPlayer.com. Looking at the errors, the most likely scenario is that one person read the chip counts to somebody typing them in, and the typist misheard or transposed a few numbers.

I listed Harrah’s numbers first, with any CP discrepancies noted after the player’s name. Later, in my analysis, you’ll see why I believe the Harrah’s numbers are more likely to be correct.

TABLE 1

1 … 3,275,000 … Richard Lee … (CP shows 5,275,000)

2 … 2,650,000 … Allen Cunningham

3 … 3,670,000 … Kevin Aaronson

4 … 2,130,000 … Kevin O’Donnell

5 … 7,735,000 … Erik Friberg

6 … 1,785,000 … Eric Lynch

7 … 3,275,000 … John Magill

8 … 3,765,000 … William Thorsson

9 … 5,725,000 … Michael Binger … (CP shows 5,275,000)

TABLE 2

1 … 1,685,000 … Rob Roseman

2 … 1,100,000 … Luke Chung

3 … 6,905,000 … David Einhorn

4 … 5,430,000 … Dan Nassif

5 … 2,265,000 … Leif Force

6 … 1,210,000 … Dustin Holmes

7 … 1,190,000 … Sirous Jamshidi

8 … 3,715,000 … Jeffrey Lisandro … (CP shows 3,750,000)

9 …… 635,000 … Mark Garner

TABLE 3

1 … 13,000,000 … Jamie Gold

2 ….. 3,595,000 … Doug Kim

3 ….. 1,700,000 … Lee Kort

4 ….. 6,400,000 … Rhett Butler

5 ….. 1,850,000 … Prahlad Friedman

6 ….. 1,611,000 … Fred Goldberg

7 …….. 675,000 … Siddharth Jain

8 …….. 700,000 … Paul Wasicka

9 …….. 570,000 … Richard Wyrick

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