2011 WSOP Main Event Day 3 - It's Live and What a Bad Beat for Deeb
Day 3 of the 2011 WSOP is currently underway and the big story doesn't center around one person but the fact that for the first time in WSOP history, the Main Event is actually being broadcast live on ESPN3.com and ESPN 2 television.
I followed the coverage earlier in the day on ESPN3.com and at present I am following along on ESPN 2.
The look and feel of the coverage is very different than in past years, including the ESPN Mothership final-table set that is being used as the main featured table.
Personally, I think that this is a great move by the WSOP and I am very interested to see how the ratings turn out for this.
After the first year of the November Nine, ratings have been spiraling for WSOP productions, so the new life being injected into the production is long overdue.
Also, I like the different commentary parings that they have been using.
Joining Lon McEachern on the televised broadcast is Antonio Esfandiari at present. He is providing great insight as compared to past years.
Don't get me wrong. I like Norman Chad, but a No-Limit Hold'em expert he is not.
I didn't catch the name of the pair doing the ESPN3 coverage today (and no, I didn't look it up) but they did a fantastic job as well.
While we all know that Poker PROductions does a great job in their programming, I think they have far outdone themselves in what I have seen thus far.
Again, I really hope this concept gets good ratings as I think this is great for poker.
Guillaume Darcout has jumped into the chip lead and sits with 880,900 at present. Ben Lamb has slid...
While I was typing this, a huge hand went down between Shaun Deeb and Max Heinzelmann.
He three-bet deep to 31k and Deeb bumped it to 68,600. Heinzelmann then moved all-in and was insta-called by Deeb.
Deeb showed pocket aces and Heinzelmann showed As-6d. A flop of Ks-10h-6h gave Heinzelmann a pair but Deeb was ahead.
The turn Qh gave some chop outs to Heinzelmann. Then Esfandiari said a line that was nearly prophetic:
"I think a six will make Shaun cry."
BOOM! 6c on the river.
Esfandiari: "Did I really say that?"
McEachern: "Why did you say that?
That pot crushed Deeb and left him with under 20k. Hezinelmann moved up to 424,100 after the pot. (Deeb busted shortly thereafter.)
Wow. See what I mean about drama?
As I was trying to say before Deeb took a suckout from hell, Ben Lamb has slid to 5th overall with 600k. Keven Saul has dropped to 10th with 527k.
As you can see, things can change in an instant at the World Series of Poker.
This live coverage is going to be fun.
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