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Some Viewers Complain About Tanking At WSOP Main Event Final Table

Doyle Brunson, Daniel Negreanu Among Those Critical Of Speed Of Play

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As of around 10 p.m. local time in Las Vegas, about 90 hands had been played on the final day of action in the 2012 World Series of Poker main event.

With millions on the line, some of the hands featured lengthy decision making.

Some viewers, who were actively following along on Twitter as well, voiced their opinions on the speed of play. Many were critical of how long it took for hands to finish.

Doyle Brunson and Daniel Negreanu were among many who complained.

The nearly-live ESPN coverage made it so hands were not edited for time.

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robtr3
almost 2 years ago

Walk a mile in those players' shoes...as the money gets bigger, the decisions become bigger and harder to make. Something tells me it wasn't like that on Day 1. Maybe if the commentators had acknowledged this during the broadcast it wouldn't have been so hard for the viewers to endure as they would have better understood why it was happening.

 
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notCIA
almost 2 years ago

No clock, the problem is trying to show the event live and unedited. How they get anybody to rail a live tournament is beyond my comprehension. What could be more boring? Watching it on TV.
Had to laugh though, at Phil Ivy sitting there with what I presume was his bodyguard.

 
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TheFly
almost 2 years ago

Hevad Khan caused the "excessive celebration" rule to be created. I believe Jesse Sylvia will be the cause of the "excessive tanking" rule to be created.

 
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robtr3
almost 2 years ago

If it somehow comes out that Sylvia was actually tanking to excess throughout the tournament going back to Day 1, I'd have to agree. Again, when the consequences get bigger, so does the difficulty of the decision and the amount of time one needs to make it with the kind of confidence these final nine players needed to make it as far as they did--or ANY of the final nine in ANY year of the WSOP Main Event.

Seriously, y'all need to walk a mile in those players' shoes before you knock the manner in which they go about their business!

 
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TheFly
almost 2 years ago

Who cares if he was tanking or not on Day 1? The WSOP has clearly made the Final Table a completely different tournament structure than the earlier days. I don't remember being able to know my opponents hole cards on a 15 minute delay on Days 1,2,3 etc. Like it or not, different rules get put in place for a nationally televised final table, and I believe excessive tanking will need to be addressed if there is any future for "nearly live" poker broadcasts.

 
 

ps0054
almost 2 years ago

I'm pretty sure that Brunson and Negreanu and Hienz have "walked in their shoes" before.

 
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EGS
almost 2 years ago

I am pro player......and it was a bit much ....everytime in many small pots. Could other players use this time for a bathroom stop?

Good opportunity for us to get Jesse a good nickname.....

Jesse 'M1' or Jesse 'ABRAMS' - Large american battle tank

If he was of german decent....

Jesse 'Landkreuzer' - A giant rail based tank Hitler almost built

or Jesse 'the Panzer' - famous German Heavy battle tank

 
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EGS
almost 2 years ago

Actually ......like online where you get a time bank and there is a small amount of time added the deeper in the tournament you go.
I like some thing like you get 2 minutes max. and then into your time bank..... or something similar.

 
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dare2
almost 2 years ago

The one and only thing that made watching poker on TV interesting was the development of the hole cam. To not use it in the most visible showcase on the planet is unfathomable to me. Yes, there are maybe 5,000 poker pros who find it fascinating but the rest of us think it's just boring and stupid. Bet. Raise. Fold. Ad Nauseum. These kids are sharper than sharp and know immediately what the play is.To sit there for 4 minutes pretending to mull over their options is ludicrous.If they didn't already know the answer, they wouldn't be sitting at that table.The poker community is always talking about getting more people interested in the sport.Boring them to death won't do it.

 
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