Quality vs. quantity in televised events
I've watched a lot of televised poker over the last four years. Most notably the WSOP
and WPT. Initially I was thrilled to see any event because it was all new to me back then. Over the last year or so I have become somewhat disillusioned with the WSOP main event and the WPT final tables.
My problems with the main event are similar to those expressed by many others: the field has gotten out of hand, too many qualifiers, too many bad players. If an event is going to crown the poker world champion it should largely be a test for the best players in the world. As it stands now the winner seems to be the player best able to navigate a minefield. The field needs to be thinned out a little, let the donkeys play in the smaller WSOP events. On a side note, how is it that so many people can afford to drop $10,000 entering a poker tournament?
I can't wait to see the H.O.R.S.E. event which is scheduled to be televised this week. I'm starting to think this should be the true championship event of the WSOP.
With the rise of the PPT I probably won't be watching the WPT nearly as much. Give me a field of pros any day of the week. I also like the format of watching the tournament as it evolves rather than just seeing the final table.
In closing I'd like to know what you all think is more impressive: someone wading through a field of thousands or someone beating a much smaller field made up of the top players in the world.