turkeysub wrote:If you want the WSOP to be of any use at all, you basically need to win a bracelet. Any scrub with a few K sitting around can play in an event.
False. The experience, regardless of results, would be enough to spark a conversation that could build the connection with the interviewer, which is really all you need to get the job (once you get into the door).
I would suggest choosing your deferral year activity based on (a) something you enjoy, and (b) something a lot of people would find interesting. I know people with work experience and publication history who can't get the jobs they want because the attorneys simply don't want to be around them for an extended period of time. Use law school to build up your resume (grades, journals, moot court, Dillard, 1L summer gig, etc.). Use your time before law school to enjoy life, and do something that would catch a normal person's attention. After all, most lawyers are normal people.
If I one day end up on the hiring committee at my firm--which is something I'd like to do--I can tell you right now that I would more excited to talk to the guy who entered the WSOP than the guy who wrote an academic paper (assuming other credentials are similar).