Norm is hilarious! He does play a bit of poker. I think Kara will be in the booth as well.
Now that the good aspects of the move have been highlighted, DAMN.....this idea is TERRIBLE!!!! The show is being killed bit-by-bit.
Gabe wasn't really boring. I think people just don't realize how good they had it. The ONLY other commentator that could bring equal levels of humor and knowledgeable analysis is Ali Nejad. And I challenge anyone to put up another contender in this category. There are funnier people in poker maybe (few and far between though) and there are better commmentators for analysis (again, few and far between), just no one with both characteristics at that elevated level.
Norm's gonna be funny. He does know poker stuff, but not like Gabe.
So, now we look at the players disappearing. If I owned FTP, I might think about not letting my players play IF they can't wear their patch. Even so, I think I eventually realize the value of them on TV and let them play.
I heard a podcast from the Hardcore Poker Show (pretty good if you haven't heard it) and they interviewed Daniel Negreanu. He got a little upset when the host explained that he didn't like that Full Tilt players couldn't play on the new show. Daniel explicitly explained that PS (Pokerstars) has no issue with FTP(Full Tilt Poker) players playing on the show.
As Daniel explained it, apparently the show was going to go under due to funding. HSP (High Stakes Poker) needed funding and asking FTP first. They said no. Only after did they approach PS. They said yes with the caveat that PS gets to own ALL archived shows. (Older shows with Dwan, Ivey, etc WITHOUT patches....didn't wear them back then) FTP's fear is that PS will play those episodes on the site, new players will see the older episodes. With no knowledge of poker players, they will say "Oh, I'd like to play with that black guy and that dorky-looking guy (my paraphrase, not Daniel's)....There really good! Guess I'll join PS because they figure that both players are part of the PS site. As a result, FTP players decided not to play. But they were invited.
Eli = BIG Action
Dwan = BIG Action
Ivey = BIG Action
Antonius = BIG Action
Anyone see a trend here. Will everyone else (I call them The Replacements) have anyone on their roster that can measure up? Viffer? Love him, but no. Mercier? Really love him, but not. Doyle? - Doyle's tighter than a _____________ (fill in your own blank).
Sorry I wrote this much, but I'm really pi$$ed. Other than the Big Game, how many other good poker shows are there?