Congrats out to Peter Eastgate, the newest, and youngest ever WSOP Main Event Champion!! He broke Phil Hellmuth's (self-proclaimed unbeatable) record being only 22 years old and won over $9 million along with the bracelet and probably numerous sponsorship deals to come. I just finished watching the final table show tonight and it was a very exciting final table. Plenty of suckouts and suprises. In the end, it seemed like the 2 most introspective players seemed to rise above the rest. Ivan Demidov and Peter Eastgate were left to battle it out after fan favorite and chip leader coming in Dennis Phillips, who previously seemed to play pretty solid and straight forward, was KO'd 3rd making a huge bluff with only Ace hi after a jack hi junk flop.
After seeing the show 1 time I haven't fully been able to collect my thoughts on the plays shown, however, it was clear that ESPN was determined only to show the biggest most exciting pots, so I had a hard time figuring out were everyone stood, what the blinds were, etc. In the end I really did like the final table being filmed at a later date in a theatre that was filled with the fans of each player and numerous big name pros looking on. It gave you a feeling like you were watching 9 different teams fighting it out, each with there own cheering section. It seemed more exciting than the random collection of fans who don't have much of a personal interest in the competitors and are just there for the spectacle or it all.
On the bad side, when it got to heads-up, which sould be the most exciting point of the tourney, apparently ESPN cut 103 out of the 105 hands played and on TV it plays out in only 2 big hands. the final of which both players make big hands and are pretty much committed to get all the chips all-in. I didn't know this after watching it, and figured they must have just happened that way, but after looking into it online, I am now dissapointed to know they just cut out all the heads-up hands I guess due to time constraints. I really felt a bit ripped off after learning this. I feel like they could have at least showed 10-15 hands to show a little back and forth warfare. I do know they claim this was the longest final table ever, but if I was them add an extra half an hour or cut out something less critical. I also wish Peter Eastgate would show the least bit excitement about winning. He reminds me of a you Barry Greenstein. Can you say Parrrrrtttyyy!!! Maybe not. lol. At least I feel he won't do anything too stupid to bring a bad rep to poker, but he is only 22, so I guess you never know?
Overall, I like the direction the WSOP went this year. Ratings are up and many exciting events took place. Here is a link to "Cardplayer's" final table time-line of how it played out.
I'd like to get some feedback on what others think. Did you like the delayed Final table?, the way it was aired?, was it interesting and exciting? What changes would you like to see?
Here's this weeks dose of Chinese war master "Sun-Tzu" : "If he is taking ease, give no rest. If his forces are united, separate them."
Better luck next year for the rest of us common folk. Donkeyherder.
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