WSOP Event 54 – $10 000 No Limit Texas Holdem Main Event

Sunday 9 at 10am & Monday 10 November at 10pm

The Main Event of the WSOP has, in recent times, been a contentious one and this year eyebrows have been raised all over again at the decision to postpone the last two days of final table action until November. Although it is still sure to attract the real stars of poker, many professionals are feeling disheartened by this sudden turn of events.

Unlike previous years where the WSOP has been contested over a single month, final table players will be forced to return on the 9 & 10 November 2008 to finish off the event. This change to the schedule is simply to accommodate the commercial interests of both Harrah’s Entertainment Inc and the broadcaster, ESPN who allegedly needs more time to generate publicity and maximise television audiences!

The organisers claim the postponement will be beneficial to the players as they will have more time to hunt around for adequate sponsorship and enjoy the added exposure generated by the additional coverage on televisions throughout the world.

Main Event Postponement – Good, Bad or Downright Ugly?

The news of the postponement was met with howls of criticism from both professional and amateur poker players alike and some of the problem areas raised were:

  • The postponement will obviously change the entire dynamic of final table play – during the intervening months any player has the opportunity of honing particular skills needed to overcome their final table opponents. All the players will have the benefit of changing their style of play to optimise the conditions and composition of the final table.
  • Players who generally win the Main Event are not only accomplished poker players but have a number of other attributes as well, including the ability to stay focussed for long periods of time and to control those nerves. By postponing the final days of the WSOP showdown these impressive skills are effectively negated. Do you think that international tennis fans would accept the final of the grand slams being contested three months later?
  • There is also the remote chance that final table players could collude or even cheat their way to the finish!

In a nutshell the overwhelming consensus is that the new WSOP Main Event schedule is potentially damaging to the integrity of the game of poker!