Monday, Oct 29, 2012 2012 Main Event Final Table Starts Tonight - But Who Cares?
The final table for the 2012 World Series of Poker Main Event final table kicks off tonight with play from nine players down to the final three.
This final table looked to be an epic one with 11 players left in July. But after both remaining women were stunningly knocked out on the bubble of the final table, the poker community is left with a final that has failed to create much buzz.
Poker Junkie blogger Compncards gives his feelings on the upcoming final table and some quick predictions on who might make it deep.
Does Anyone Care?
I'll be honest and admit that I almost forgot that the Main Event starst today. By and large the buildup for this final table has been ho-hum at best.
At first I thought that was just my personal opinion but asking around with several folks who are much closer to the game, they agreed that this year's buildup has been somewhat subdued.
More focus has been given to whether Howard Lederer should be playing poker and on issues that have happened in the past at Full Tilt than to the players who are battling for the largest prize in poker.
Couple that with the fact that the biggest potential story for the final table busted out 11th and 10th respectively, and this could be one dismal final table.
Hall of Fame Inductees Great for History - Not for Poker
During the final table, Eric Drache and the late Brian "Sailor" Roberts will be inducted into the Poker Hall of Fame.
While these two choices are definitely deserving and great for the history of the game, they aren't that great for the game in general.
The reason I say this is that most anyone that came into the game in the last decade has never heard of Roberts and many don't know Drache. In addition, I still contend that players should get in prior to "contributors" and there were multiple nominees that should have been put in first.
The Baseball Hall of Fame has a veterans committee that can vote on players from the past who do not qualify for typical election or were part of the past of the game. Roberts is an example of a past player who should have been inducted into the hall via such a committee instead of making someone that may have been more deserving wait.
Gee This Final Table Looks Hungary
While I haven't done as much analysis on this final table as I have in past years, I will make two predictions.
First, don't count out Steven Gee. While Gee may be more old school than new, he does have the experience of winning a major event coupled with the wisdom of age.
I am not saying Gee wins it all, but don't be shocked if he makes the top three.
Next, Andras Koroknai is looking to become the first Hungarian to win the Main Event. He's very lucky to be here considering that an accidental muck is the only thing that saved him from elimination.
Sometimes all it takes is one or two lucky breaks in a tournament to give someone momentum to win. In addition, Koroknai does not strike me as someone who is going to let the excitement of the moment impact his game.
Don't be surprised to see Koroknai come into the final table and build a quick lead and then grind his way to a victory.
Woohoo Changes to D'oh
ESPN producers likely sounded like Homer Simpson with 11 players remaining in July, with hands above their head shouting "Woohoo" as two women were left.
Two eliminations later, those same cheers likely changed to "Doh" as both women bubbled. Now what we have left is a final table that could very well be the worst rated in history.
Play will kick off on Monday night and continue until we are down to three players. Those three will return on Tuesday to play it out.
Who will become the 2012 WSOP Main Event winner? We will know by Tuesday night. The question remains how many people will actually tune in to watch it?