GSN's $500K High Stakes Poker - a little soft
Now don't get me wrong, I love High Stakes Poker on the Game Show Network, and the $500K buy-in sounds like it should add more excitement to the game; but I'm a little disappointed with how soft the big confrontations have been so far. I'm not a huge fan of running it multiple times, but I can definitely understand why the players would want to reduce some of the variance in such large pots. But I don't want to see these guys let each other off the hook so much. C'mon isn't the point of poker trying to win as much of the money on (and off) the table as possible?
For instance, when Jamie Gold had pocket Kings against Sammy Farha's pocket Aces, I really wanted to see Sammy put the hammer down on Jamie and take all of his money. Not check, check, check.
Also when Guy Laliberte, having 2-pair, called David Benyamine's all-in with the nut flush draw; I want to see the result of the hand. There should have been over $1 million in the pot, but instead they agreed to let Guy take down the paltry $70K+ that they had bet prior to the all-in. At least remove some of the variance by running it twice or three times. But don't just stop the hand after the flop when the natural outcome of the hand has not been determined.
And I would like to see them play more hands. Dang, the shows an hour, and I think we only see about 6 to 8 hands played. I know we have commercials, but I'd like to see that closer to 15 to 20 hands.
Well, I hope tonight's show will end the $500K buy-in series with a BANG rather than a whimper.
*disclaimer: I do NOT have $500K to bring to a poker table, so I can only imagine playing that high even for the pro's can be a bit un-nerving.