Originally Posted by forsakenone
pokerstars do know what they are doing, and they want TV ratings so they are making it entertaining for the guys at home that don't know much about poker but they play it, you know, the regular Joe that plays once in a blue moon online or at the casino, and these people outnumber us by a lot and they bring ratings, not we, the 10k people posting on forums.
You're right, the show has to cater to Average Joe first and foremost.
Here's the thing though - Average Joe wants to see Phil Ivey as well. Maybe not for the same reasons we do but they want to see him. Look at the ratings spike when he made the WSOP
final table in 2009 compared to other years.
Doyle and Daniel Negreanu are good draws, so are Phil Laak and Antonio Esfandiari. But let's not kid ourselves either - the bulk of the drawcards for the Average Joe audience are on the Full Tilt roster.
The one thing I can't work out is why they didn't get the biggest drawcard of all (Phil Hellmuth) on the show. It's not like he has sponsor conflicts at the moment...