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.
  • Dave Navarro Episode – Aired Thursday, July 8, 2004 Ben Affleck, Don Cheadle, David Schwimmer, Emily Proctor, Willie Garson

  • 2003 Season

  • Night 1 – Premieres Tuesday, December 2, 2003 Ben Affleck, Don Cheadle, David Schwimmer, Emily Proctor, Willie Garson
  • Night 2 – Premieres Tuesday, December 9, 2003 Martin Sheen, Allison Janney, Richard Schiff, John Spencer, Timothy Busfield
  • Night 3 – Premieres Tuesday, December 16, 2003 Hank Azaria, Michael Ian Black, Peter Facinelli, Nicole Sullivan, Mo Gaffney
  • Night 4 – Premieres Tuesday, December 23, 2003 Paul Rudd, Ron Livingston, Sarah Silverman, Shannon Elizabeth, Coolio
  • Night 5 – Premieres Tuesday, January 6, 2004 Mimi Rogers, David Cross, Tom Green, Carrie Fisher, Scott Stapp
  • The Championship Game – Premieres Tuesday, January 13, 2004 Willie Garson (from Night 1), Richard Schiff (from Night 2), Nicole Sullivan (from Night 3), Paul Rudd (from Night 4), David Cross (from Night 5)

  • 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 Posters

    Ben Affleck
    Ben Affleck
    Ben Affleck
    16 in. x 20 in.
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    David Schwimmer
    David Schwimmer
    David Schwimmer
    8 in. x 10 in.
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    Kevin Pollack - Host
    The Usual Suspects
    The Usual Suspects
    10 in. x 8 in.
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