On the other hand I have been kinda looking forward to busting out, in a weird way. I'm pretty burned out of tournaments; I'm glad the WSOP is done so I can just kinda kick back and relax at home or out with friends. I'll play some internet poker and avoid the zoo at the Rio, go to the gym, do all that normal routine stuff. I wish I could have hit a big score this year, but tournaments are structured such that you will lose a lot more often than you win. I guesstimate that if I continue to play the WSOP every year for the rest of my poker career, I'll probably have a losing WSOP over 60% of the time, and just occasionally hit a huge score. So booking a small win for the year will have to do just fine.
Will I play more tournaments in the future? Hard to say yet. I want to take a few steps back for now. These are kinda fun, and they do have value, but not as much value as I get out of just playing online poker for similar hours. They're also very tiring, and with the start times and the loss of ability to just play as long as you feel like whenever you feel like, it seems dangerously close to a job for me. We'll see how it goes.