ESPN Screws Up the WSOP Experience
First of all, here it is Thursday and I have yet seen the final two finish the tournament. I record everything on DVR, but ESPN keep running the same stuff over and over. I guess they think everyone wants to see Phil Ivey get knocked out again.
I know who wins because it happened days ago, so watching it will be anti-climatic. But I still wish ESPN would telecast the final two, at least as much as they re-run everything else. Hopefully, they show it tonight, but who knows.
And the announcers are horrible
. I've never seen a set of announcers in any sport who more think that they are the show. The jokes are lame, the enthusiam is stilted, and they give absolutely no insight into what the players are doing. These guys need to watch the WPT to see how to built excitement in a poker tournament.
Then there is the way it is presented. It is filmed, rather than videotaped, which makes it feel like it could have happened years ago, blunting the immediacy of it. The editing is counterproductive to excitement--it's as if they hired a documentary director to film it. It's a sporting telecast, not a historical document.
Poker After Dark
is still the worst poker show on TV, unless you want to be put to sleep. Talk about dullsville. This not counting the lame "game show" poker productions that are cropping up, like Face the Ace
But it's astounding that ESPN (or whoever produces WSOP
) can take the most important, exciting tournament in the world and turn it into lefover chop suey like it does. Fire the lot of them.