World Series of Poker - ESPN
I enjoyed watching Moneymaker win the 2003 World Series of Poker on ESPN. There was an interesting part of the show where Moneymaker was sitting between Howard Lederer and Johnny Chan. Lederer did his thing and Chan was waiting on Moneymaker to act. The announcers noted that Moneymaker was deciding what to do (not realizing that Moneymaker didn't know it was his turn). Finally Johnny Chan reminded Moneymaker that it was on him and Moneymaker quickly mucked his hand. It was obvious that Moneymaker was somewhat embarassed but it didn't last for long because he went on to win the tournament.
We have details on how the WSOP field got down to 9 players on our WSOP Page.
Celebrity Poker Showdown - BRAVO
The Celebrity Poker Showdwon at the Palms Casino is shown on Bravo on Tuesday Nights at 9pm.
The Game is No Limit Texas Holdem.
Hosts Phil Gordon(poker pro) and Kevin Pollak do a good job and Phil Gordon has a lot of analysis. The end prize is $250,000 by Cingular Wireless.
The World Poker Tour or WPT - TRAVL
The list below has WPT shows that were seen during 2003. All but the Ladies' Night Show were repeats. Event Location Bellagio, Five Diamond World Poker Classic Las Vegas, NV Bicycle Casino, Legends of Poker Los Angeles, CA Ultimate Bet, Ultimate Poker Classic Aruba Casinos Europa, Costa Rica Classic San Jose, Costa Rica Lucky Chances, Gold Rush Tournament Colma, CA Foxwoods, World Poker Finals Mashantucket, CT Gold Strike/Horseshoe, Jack Binion's Tunica, MS Aviation Club de France, Euro Finals of Poker Paris, France Commerce Casino, LA Poker Classic Los Angeles, CA WPT Invitational at Commerce Casino Los Angeles, CA WPT Ladies' Night at Bicycle Casino Los Angeles, CA PartyPoker, PartyPoker Million Caribbean Cruise Reno Hilton, World Poker Challenge Reno, NV WPT Championship at Bellagio Las Vegas, NV
The World Poker Tour makes watching poker on tv advantageous. Seeing players while knowing their hole cards through the small cameras shows the audiences that even the best professionals have tells.
Starting with the Feb 1, 2004 Superbowl airing, the WPT is adding another nice touch that will help keep the game good for televesion. The WPT Action Clock will limit decisions to 60 seconds or less. This will be a huge improvement for television. Imagine if you were a tv editor before this change was made. The audience wants to see all tells and all action on critical hands, yet if a player takes a few minutes to act then you are faced with a tough decision. Do you edit out some of the "thinking" time so that the show still has a certain number of hands per hour? If so then you may have destroyed some of the most valuable footage. Mike Sexton does a good job talking about the new action clock in his Friday, January 30, 2004 CardPlayer article entitled, The World Poker Tour 'Action Clock' Inside Professional Poker.
"When you watch the Travel Channel’s World Poker Tour Battle of Champions on NBC on Super Bowl Sunday (Feb. 1, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. EST), you will discover the World Poker Tour has taken another innovative step in changing tournament poker. The change is with a timing device called the “Action Clock,” which gives a player one minute to act on his hand or his hand is automatically folded."
Mike Sexton goes on to explain that the old system used to deter slow play was inefficient. It involved one player asking for a clock AFTER a given player was taking too long. Once the floorperson reached the table the clock would start. Mike Sexton does an excellent job explaining the problems.
"There are several problems with the current system. First, the process takes too long. Second, most players don’t like calling the clock on someone else. In many instances, if you call a clock on someone, you make an enemy at the table. Some people who get the clock called on them take it personal and get offended. They also claim they didn’t take too long, that others take longer, and so on. To retaliate, they might then call the clock on the person who called it on them (or perhaps anyone else at the table) at every opportunity. All of this slows down the game and creates a bad atmosphere at the table.
The Action Clock eliminates the human element of fellow players having to request a clock. It doesn’t put anyone in an uncomfortable position of calling the clock on someone else. Most importantly, it speeds up play. This enables the tournament to get in more hands per level and makes the game more enjoyable and fun to play."
It sounds like the Action Clock will need to be tweaked before everything will work correctly. In the end it could be a huge improvement for watching poker on television.
Celebrity Poker Contestant PostersBen Affleck
Kevin Pollack - Host