Welcome to the 21st Century. The Foxes are home, downstairs on the family room sofa watching the World Series of Poker on ESPN. It’s compelling.
This year’s coverage features a high tech addition. The chips and cards are RFID enabled. Hole cards are read when the player puts money in the pot. The audience at home knows who has what as bets are made.
We can and do offer advice to the TV set! We often can’t figure out why the player is doing what he’s doing.
In order to keep it honest for the players, ESPN is running its “Live” coverage on a 30 minute delay. How is that still live?
Poker is an interesting game. There’s lots of luck, but enough skill for some people to make a living play. For some people a very good living.
The WSOP “Main Event” started July 5th. Once the field was winnowed from 6,683 to 9 the action was paused. It picked up last night for the final table.
Ninth out got around $750k. First place will get exactly $10 million. All for an original $10,000 buy-in–still too rich for me.
Last year Helaine played in the women’s event. I told her we should go back next year.