To date on this trip, I've played $5,100 of events, and have cashed for £2,380. Neither outstanding nor terrible but of course always nice to get some scratch on the board, and remind myself I'm generally doing the right thing. Another $11,500 is already put aside as 2 other WSOP events are already bought and paid for.
For this trip, though not every hand is always 100% documented (I do still have to play after all), I can easily tell in myself that I've definitely loosened up a bit as regards seeing extra streets, and putting the onus back onto the other player to make the difficult decisions, which should always be the goal in poker, and not merely in tournaments. The money side of it to me is never a big factor. If you start thinking about the amount for which you've bought in, then it can easily affect your judgement, when in reality in the purest sense poker should just be poker, and the buy-in should be considered gone, until you turn it into something bigger. Having said that, in contradiction, it's not always totally the case. Level one of the $10K main event, facing a preflop all-in when you have KK is an easy fold for me(the kids will mostly disagree, which is why largely they will all be out pretty quickly), whereas in most other events here, it's an easy call/re-shove generally. To me the structure always plays a huge part, and in the main, the structure doesn't come any better. On a slow clock with a decent stack, you get multiple opportunities to chip away (no pun intended) with all sorts of hands to build and accumulate, but in the quicker events sometimes the bigger preflop hands like QQ, KK, AK, and AQ just have a way of often playing themselves.