The 2010 WSOP on ESPN has Officially Kicked Off
So for the first time in probably three years, I watched a first run episode of the 2010 World Series of Poker on ESPN. Â Tonight was the Poker Player's Championship episodes where Michael "The Grinder" Mizrachi took down his first every WSOP bracelet.
I won't lie.Â The main reason I watched was to see if they got some shots of me around the Rio.Â They didn't.Â After that, I decided to see if the quality of the broadcast had improved year over year.
I wish I could say that I left the broadcast feeling that I had watched some great poker programming, but in reality, it was pretty ho hum.Â I personally would have much rather seen the final table played in an 8-game format as opposed to just NL Holdem.Â David Oppenheim and Robert Mizrachi I feel lost some of their edge going into the final due to that fact alone.
The other thing that I don't think that the program conveyed was how great of a battle that heads-up really was.Â After Mizrachi sucked out with his A-8 of clubs, they only showed a couple of hands and just mentioned that he extended his chip lead.Â They didn't really convey how that the heads-up match went on quite a while longer after he hit that miracle double-up.
The one real improvement that I saw from this year's broadcast was the interviewing.Â I liked how the interviews were done, especially the one with the Mizrachi brothers.Â That was a great story and I even liked how they included a little added dig from Robert to Michael when he said "don't forget who used to sit behind who and watch."
I don't think that the program was overall atrocious, but at the same time, I didn't see anything there to draw the viewers back for multiple episodes.Â Time will tell whether rating will go up or slip like I predict they will.