And You Are?

Wednesday, August 13th, 2008, 2:22 pm

I watched ESPN’s broadcast last night of the $1,000 rebuy event that I covered. Well, I half-watched it as I made myself a tasty little stir-fry. But I taped it so I can obsessively do a frame-by-frame analysis to see if I got any camera time. I did see myself during the segment where they interviewed Peter Gould. They showed a quick clip of him from the day before and I recognized my bloated frame in the background. I’ve been a good boy this week, exercising quite a bit, eating well. Gonna write up this post and hit the gym. And then…drink beer and eat wings. Ate wings yesterday, too. One step forward, two steps back.

Anyway. I watched the coverage and it didn’t quite jibe with what I remembered of that final table. The big thing I remembered was Peter Gould taking a long, long, LONG time to make his decisions, something Norman Chad noticed as well. I remembered Lyric Duveyoung and Alan Jaffray having a much bigger presence during the final table than they did during the broadcast (and I’m not just talking about Jaffray’s hat). I came away from that final table thinking that Jeff Williams is a pretty sick poker player, and the show bore that out.

Beyond that, to be honest, I don’t remember much about that tournament. I went through my pictures of that event and it didn’t do much to stir my memory. Next week is the broadcast of the $50K H.O.R.S.E., and frankly I don’t want my memories of that night stirred, as I nearly had a nervous breakdown. Live-blogging H.O.R.S.E. (actually, any Stud game) is NOT fun. I wonder how many of Scotty Nguyen’s MF-bombs ESPN will include in their broadcast? I wonder how many references Norman Chad will make about Scotty’s frat-initiation-night-caliber beer consumption?

Hard to believe the WSOP has been over for almost a month. Been home almost a month. In that month, there really hasn’t been that much hullaballo about the November Nine, has there? Maybe that’ll pick up as the Main Event shows start appearing on ESPN and we get closer to the final table, I dunno. I think for poker to thrive on TV it has to move toward live broadcasts, unless the WSOP and WPT plan on North Korea-quality media blackouts. And I don’t see many final-table participants willing to spend six months in a re-education camp until their show airs. I think I’ve watched two WPT episodes this year, and those with only one eye on the screen. It just isn’t that compelling when you know who won. And when they only show 20 of the 237 hands played. Not that watching the big blind win in a walk makes for compelling television, but neither does 95% of network programming.

I’ve been going through a lot of the photos I took in Vegas, looking for some hidden gems (or pics that aren’t totally awful) and I’ve also been sifting through my Vietnam pictures as well. My interest was re-piqued when I read Ryan Lucchesi’s two-part post about his trip to Vietnam with John Phan. Phan was born near Da Nang and regularly distributes food and supplies to the people in that area, Reading those posts (there will be an article in the upcoming CardPlayer about the trip) had me thinking back about all we saw and did on that trip. There’s some stuff I didn’t write about at the time that I’ll have to post, I’m sure I have more pictures to show as well.

Actually, here’s one. I had a heck of a time finding a power outlet that would charge my laptop–this might help explain why:

Kinda neat.


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One Response to “And You Are?”

  1. bastin Says:

    I watched a helluva lot of poker on TV before I started playing. It was intriguing. Once I began to learn the game, I still watched, but as a student would attend a lecture. Now, not so much. I suspect this is a similar progression, making TV poker the portal for the novice. I know that this observation is nothing new, and more than likely one’s knowledge that only the big hands make the cut lessens a more experienced player need to watch.

    This last point may be the crux of the issue for WPT, WSOP, GSN and ESPN, at least for their US market. They have to find a way to keep players watching. High Stakes Poker was a start. The November final table may backfire; yet there is always the hope that it will bring new people to the poker table. We could use them to keep the game profitable. In the meantime, more and more Europeans are taking up the game. Will they take their holiday at the casino?

    Good luck with the face time. 🙂

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