ESPN Shot the H.O.R.S.E.
I want to know what genius decided that the $50,000 H.O.R.S.E. Event was no longer worthy of receiving television coverage. Harrahâs announced this past Wednesday that only 4 events would receive coverage at the World Series of Poker for 2009. However, only two of the events are bracelet events.
The Main Event will clearly receive coverage. They even decided to give it more coverage this year. That is fine. The other bracelet event they will cover is the $40,000 40th Anniversary event. Ok, that is understandable too.
However, the other two events are the Champions Invitational and Ante Up for Africa. The Champions Invitational will bring back any living WSOP Main Event Champion to play for the âBinion Cupâ and a new car. The Ante Up for Africa tournament is the annual charity tournament held at the WSOP.
The 50k H.O.R.S.E. event will receive zero coverage this year. The reason stated was that the non-Holdem events do not receive the same ratings. Yeah, and Ante Up for Africa is going to really draw people to watch.
Iâm not saying donât give the charity tournament some airtime. That is fine. However, donât cut out the event that truly showcases the true poker ability by so many of the top pros.
And it makes great TV:
This move makes me want to smack the people over at ESPN. Of course, the Holdem monkeys will turn out in force to watch the Main Event coverage and ESPN and Harrahâs will cream themselves over the ratings. Sadly, itâs all about ratings and nobody seems to care about watching good poker anymore.