World Series of Poker!
I don't know about you, but I'm pumped about this year's World Series of Poker. No more rebuy tourneys and a sweet $40k buyin to start it off. Rebuys suck because I'm poor and basically rich players can just buy a bracelet. Personally I think it's a mistake to have the $40k so early, not that many people will buyin since they can get better overall value out of smaller tournaments. Plus some of this year's winners would have probably tried to parlay other cashes into an entry into the $40k.
I can understand Harrah's and ESPN wanting as many big names at the final table as possible, but it certainly didn't turn out that way with two of the more boring big names making it. No offense to Ted Forrrest but he's not exactly Mr. Personality at the tables and Greg Raymer should probably get rid of those lizard glasses. Raymer now signs a fossil and gives it to whomever knocks him out of a tournament which is pretty cool but an obvious rip off of Barry Greenstein; who signs a copy of his book and gives it to the guy who knocks him out. I guess that's easier than giving his winnings to charity.
Most of the other guys who made the final table are well known online pros like Justin "zeejustin" Bonomo, Ansky and Ike Haxton (who strangely resembles Ally Sheedy from the breakfast club in this pokernews.com picture, so far pokernews has had the best WSOP coverage by the way).
It should be a pretty entertaining table to watch on ESPN later this year; the headsup battle was pretty epic and I'm sure ESPN will show about 1 or 2 hands from it.
ESPN also made the strange yet cost effective decision to hold the $40k event and the Legends of poker event (pitting all the prior WSOP champs in a sigle tournament; except for Russ Hamilton who everyone thinks is a cheating piece of crap due to the ultimatebet scandal) basically at the same time which precluded Greg Raymer from really playing in the Legends event. They probably scheduled it that way to reduce production costs since we all know ESPN is hurting for money and poker is such a high priority for them, this year they are going to show an entire 4 events on TV, and luckily all of them hold'em!!! As Antonio Esfandiari would say.....Wheeeee!