Originally Posted by perry
N.D. -- I guess what I mean is it doesn't seem likely they would treat their own money that way. I am emminently suspicious of a TV programs where poker players are on the tube supposedly betting with their own money and bet up the pot to a million cash dollars - to me that lacks credibality. It's a show, pure and simple, put on to entertain us. I would emagine they get a decent income from their appearences otherwise why would they keep showing up?? Like alot of TV viewers, I record the program while I sleep and watch it during the day so the commercials get double showings and I say the income is good for the producers. If those poker players don't get paid - they would be stupid and I don't think they are. If nothing else I would expect they are guaranteed to NOT loose any money.
This is my take on the program. It would be a better show IMHO if it was a SnG format instead of a cash game as mentioned by EAN.
We have no way to know just how big these guys' net worth is. Ivey's been known to play high stakes craps. That's not counting all the high stakes sports and prop betting that goes on...
I just have a feeling that for some of these guys a million dollars just isn't that much. For some of them, if a beggar asked for a buck, he'd be as likely to get a hundred dollar bill.
On top of that there's image to consider. If they present themselves as devil may care gamblers among friends, then when a whale shows up he may just throw even more money their way.
It seems they've no problems whatsoever with losing money to a friend. I guess it's sort of like keeping things in the family.