Penn & Teller Packed, November Nine a Success with Fans

Looks Like Cali Jen Will Be Having Her Words for Dinner

by , Nov 10, 2008 | 11:08 pm

I wasn’t the biggest supporter of the WSOP delayed final table. I had many reasons to be against it, but in the end, I assumed it wouldn’t be popular with the fans. I was about as right-on there as I have been with most of my prop bets.

The Penn & Teller Theater is packed tonight. Sure, there are a handful of friends and family members of the Demidov and Eastgate in the building, along with a smattering of poker pros like Chris Ferguson, Jamie Gold, Jeff Madsen, Chris Moneymaker, “Miami” John Cernuto, Cyndy Violette, and Erick Lindgren, but the vast majority of this crowd filling the place to (or dang close to) capacity are simply fans of the game. They’ve come here to see history on giant plasma screens, and despite not being able to actually see the table with their own eyes, they seem happy enough to simply be here.

Even Erick Lindgren, upon accepting his Player of the Year award before play began, noted that he was happy to see the theater filled with fans, though he sarcastically wondered aloud why they all came to see poker.

I’m going to go out on a short limb here and say that this delayed WSOP final table is a success. Consider this eating my words for being so quick to dismiss the idea many months ago.

2 Comments to “Penn & Teller Packed, November Nine a Success with Fans”

  1. DanM

    I’m still waiting to see how it plays out on TV.

    I’ve been saying all along that it will be a HUGE success … now I know it won’t (at least not at the level that I imagined in my mind) … but I’m still thinking it will be a “slight success” — with enough numbers and positive feedback to justify spinning it as a “really big” success.

  2. Kevin Mathers

    Cardplayer’s article from earlier today mentioned that the Oct. 28 episodes drew a 1.59 rating, 44% higher than any episode in 2007.