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Enjoying Borgata and a Conversation With Harrah's

by Roy Winston |  Published: May 02, '08


I am currently in Atlantic City at the Borgata and have been playing some no limit cash games. It looks like the turnout for this Sunday's $2,000 event will be great. The tournament has a great structure and a starting chip stack of 30,000 so there should be great play. They just started a mega satellite and the participation is larger than expected, which is a good sign.

Over the past 24 hours I have received a flood of emails from players concerning the WSOP final table change. My initial impression is somewhat tempered after speaking with one of the Harrah's executives and gaining some insight about the change. I assumed that the reason behind the change was financially motivated by Harrah's, which appears to not be the case at all. What I have been told and believe is that the three month delay in playing the final table is to create excitement and PR for the players and poker as a whole. So I guess in a roundabout way there is some financial incentive for Harrah's, which as a corporate entity I would expect nothing less, in the profits realized from the long term growth of the WSOP and poker as a whole.

Perhaps the direction they took wouldn't have been my first choice, and maybe a shorter time before playing the final table, say two or three weeks would be more logical, but I applaud the initiative. The growth of poker seems to have dwindled and this could help create some excitement and increase the player and fan base. I do have some concerns about the possibility of undue influence or collusion being more likely because of the time to organize those types of things. The event will certainly never be the same. So I guess we will have to see what transpires and be cautiously optimistic.

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Roy Winston finished 16th in 2007 Card Player, Player of the Year race. He won the WPT Borgata Poker Open and finished the year with well over $2 million in tournament poker winnings. Roy plays online exclusively at Full Tilt. For more information on Roy Winston, you can visit his website: or send an email to: with your questions or comments. The contents presented herein on this blog are purely the opinions of Roy Winston, and are not intended to reflect or promote the opinions of any other person, group, or entity. If you like what I write than thanks for reading, and if not well, thanks anyway.

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