The Live WSOP Era upon Us

by , Jul 14, 2011 | 10:18 pm

Marvin in Somewhere — shoot, I forget where he’s from, but somewhere in America, I know — writes in to complain:

I’m watching the “Live” ESPN coverage and it sucks. It’s like it was before the cameras. Not only don’t we see all the hands, but we don’t know whether the better has the “Nuts” or is bluffing. Since they are afraid of people telling what the other players have, how about a one hand delay?

Marvin, Marvin, Marvin … c’mon, can’t you see the positives at all? This is semi-monumental … not the kinda Poker TV you see on Versus, ya know? Though not perfect yet, they gotta start somewhere, right? You bring up some good points that I’m sure they’ll consider in the future … but really, remember, while not necessarily “alpha” version of live coverage, it is rather “beta”.

In an ideal world — according to Pokerati — all cards and chips would be RFID’d worldwide and you could watch all poker anywhere in any place at any time, as live as possible as permissible by gaming jurisdiction, and decide for yourself whether or not you wanna see hole cards. (I tend to enjoy guessing sometimes.) With super-duper extra-HD All-360 technology, of course … on my iphone should I so choose. But we’re just not quite there yet!

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From the Rio sportsbook: For people not glued to Twitter, "live enough" coverage is ... um ... not too different from reruns usually airing on screens in many sports bars.

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Not sure how it would work with exposed hole cards and future "in-game betting" on the WSOP. (Seen at the sportsbook in the Palms, where you can't yet bet that way.)

And remember, one other factor complicating matters here is approval by Nevada Gaming. Even just allowing twitpics in casinos and cell phones in sports books is relatively new territory for them. And there are some people who don’t believe you should be able to know a players cards a half-hour later when your buddy — or even the players themselves — can find out if that key tell thy picked up goes along with the nuts or nothing.

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19 Comments to “The Live WSOP Era upon Us”


  1. sorryboy1
    says:

    What does”expanded coverage” mean??? Does that mean that they discontinue televising any other Tourament incl razz hi low stud et all everything but the main event and 2 or 3 other tourns???? I’m a new old school spectator back in the day when they showed everything including most of the circuit events… More money involved the less the average poker enthuiast see’s… One more vent while i’m at it… I have Direc TV and i can’t get ESPN3 unless i receive Time Warner TV which is wrong……. I even have roadrunner cable internet and i still can’t get it…. Pretty much sucks for me and my wife is pissed i go to my local casino and play more live than spend my small bankroll on the internet poker that i can’t play anymore either!!! It’s basically all bad around here these days!!

    Thanks for allowing me this ventingspace!!

    Yours,
    @sorryboy1:disqus 


  2. sorryboy1
    says:

    What does”expanded coverage” mean??? Does that mean that they discontinue televising any other Tourament incl razz hi low stud et all everything but the main event and 2 or 3 other tourns???? I’m a new old school spectator back in the day when they showed everything including most of the circuit events… More money involved the less the average poker enthuiast see’s… One more vent while i’m at it… I have Direc TV and i can’t get ESPN3 unless i receive Time Warner TV which is wrong……. I even have roadrunner cable internet and i still can’t get it…. Pretty much sucks for me and my wife is pissed i go to my local casino and play more live than spend my small bankroll on the internet poker that i can’t play anymore either!!! It’s basically all bad around here these days!!

    Thanks for allowing me this ventingspace!!

    Yours,
    @sorryboy1:disqus 


  3. GaRy
    says:

    Live coverage blows! Who is the other guy to!?! ESP on the main event!! Watching others play poker is f ing boring. The cool thing was making it entertaining by playing it back w good commentary and seeing hands and watching the small prices of interaction… Now it’s gone!


  4. Aallooff
    says:

    The change sucks and makes an event I used to look forward to unwatchable.


  5. bosshog
    says:

    Hella sorry. Have to pay close attention to keep up with the action and not being able to see the hole cards is super weak


  6. Killercalico
    says:

    Basically we’re back to before when poker took off, it wasn’t just Moneymaker that started the poker boom but televised with the hole cards that’s how many learned to play
    Totally bummed, I’m playing my “play money” poker rather than watching an event that I loved, and by the way where is Norman Chad?


  7. Bisuke12000
    says:

    It sucks , Hope it goes under.


  8. Mixmedianorth
    says:

    Without seeing the holecards, it eliminates the drama. no drama, no ratings.
    I use to enjoy watching it, now I can’t watch it for 5 minutes!


  9. Padredon7
    says:

    BORING. Listening to commentary consisting of 6.5 hours of guessing what the players holdings are is excruciating. RIP WSOP on ESPN.
     


  10. Dan Michalski
    says:

    Who ARE You people? I hardly recognize any of your names and I’m just seeing wah-wah-wah … without a single idea on how they could improve it. Clearly, it is lacking … but it’s a rather nice step in the right direction without a doubt. 

    I can only imagine what you all mighta said when they started showing hole cards — “are you kidding me? this will ruin poker!”


  11. Ilove2shop
    says:

    You got to be kidding…this is real poker not the all in, call suck outs that you see on the final table ESPN coverage.  This gives us donkeys a chance to see how players really play..and letting them make a fool of themselves or being heros in real time.  Some of the commentary is a bit annoying but come on…this is great and if anyone of you in particular do not like it…then don not watch!


  12. Jdpokernut
    says:

    espn=epic total %100 fail horrible wsop this year.. set wsop back 20 years to absolute bordem i’ve waited excited every year to watch it until now they totally droped the ball… change is good when it improves things not when u change just for the sake of changing …worst wsop in history bar none boering as fck …it reminds me of obamas change…….total undeniable %100 failure !


  13. Dan Michalski
    says:

    seriously, JD, what are you watching? i watched at length last night for the first time, and i thought it was friggin awesome. 

    this IS the future of televised poker in some capacity or another, and i think it’s great … real poker, not pre-fabricated poker infomercials. 

    but fortunately we shouldn’t have to worry about the future because obama will likely destroy the world. 


  14. Dan Michalski
    says:

    I put up a poll to see which side more people fall on. 
    https://pokerati.com/2011/07/19/poll-rate-the-wsopespn-live-coverage/


  15. Txpoker30
    says:

    you people are clowns, this is excellent coverage. It gives you a chance to see how they think and how a player can control the table, not just big flips or coolers like we usually see.  This coverage will make you a better player. I think Antonio’s insight is excellent. I think most of you don’t understand poker and only like seeing big hands. This is where the tourney is won.


  16. Anonymous
    says:

    It just like boring to watching this show more than 10 minutes. I don’t think that we wouldn’t get some tips and tricks from these shows that how a player can control the table. Because all player does know that how to control table and how to play.
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  17. Subaccnt
    says:

    Right on the money- nothing “intense” about it.  It’s hard enough to get tells off good players when you are sitting right at the table.  Sitting on your couch watching in your living room takes away every sense you’d usually have but sight, through a TV no less.  On top of that, throw in no hole-cam, and your just staring at a screen, watching 2 dudes sit there with blank stares on the their faces.  How utterly boring.

    Forget the stupid notion you always hear that Moneymaker in 2003 was this game changer- I get so tired of hearing that crap, especially since it total bull.  He wasn’t a game changer- he was just some no-name dude in the right place at the right time.  And look…it’s been some dude we never heard of every year since, and yet it’s still popular?  Hmmm…I wonder why?  It’s amazing how glaringly obvious it is, and yet people still ignorantly refer to as the Moneymaker phenomenon.  It had nothing to do with it.

    It’s because ESPN’s add of the hole-cam in the 2003 World Series made poker actually fun to watch from the side lines!  That was the whole point.  No one watched it live before, because it was boring as shit.  To revert back to the whole reason nobody watched live televised poker in the first place, and call it “epic” and “the future of poker?”  It makes me laugh how people are calling it this new revolutionary format.  It’s not “new” people, it was there in the 80’s- and there’s a reason no one ever covered it live!  Duh…


  18. Mitch
    says:

    I missed the live coverage – where can i download or see reruns of all the main event wsop 2011


  19. Bakaat
    says:

    Pirate Bay – Make sure you have ISP blocker running (Peer Block – free)
    It’s boring as hell though… can’t see hole cards