Bloch Wins, Numbers Spin, Palansky Shinned
Andy Bloch: Photo courtesy of WSOP
Half way through the second week of the 2012 World Series of Poker, we've already seen numerous new champions crowned as well as plenty of controversy.
Poker Junkie compncards takes a few minutes to share his thoughts on the big stories so far.
Finally! Andy Bloch Wins!
Something I've been rooting for since 2006 has finally happened. Andy Bloch won his first bracelet on Saturday after defeating Barry Greenstein heads-up for the $1,500 Seven Card Stud title.
I've been a big fan of Andy's since the day after his loss to Chip Reese in the 2006 WSOP $50,000 HORSE Event. Andy, Richard Brodie, and I talked about what happened at the final table that day and the way he handled such a devastating loss surprised me.
For those that haven't met Andy or watched him play, he is one of the friendliest guys you will meet on the tour and one of the nice guys of the game.
Nice guys do sometimes finish first. It just took Andy a few years to get there.
Seth Palansky Lets Personal Issues Cloud Judgment
Many of you probably know about the retweet controversy surrounding the WSOP twitter account. The person running the account retweeted a tweet from another person that called Jon Aguiar a "complete bitch."
That person was Seth Palansky, the VP of Corporate Communications. He claims in an interview with QuadJacks that he had a personal issue with Aguiar and that is what caused him to retweet that derogatory remark.
He later apologized for making the retweet, but never actually apologized to Aguiar directly. That was done by WSOP Executive Director Ty Stewart.
I would say that this surprises me, but it doesn't.
The only good thing that came out of this is that Seth Palansky no longer runs the WSOP twitter account. That is now being managed by Jess Wellman, the new Managing Editor of WSOP.com and Jay Newnum, aka WhoJedi.
Now we get to see whether Aguiar gets to do his happy dance soon.
Spin Doctors Get to Work On Numbers
Numbers at the WSOP have been down for several events but up for others. With a bit of spin being put on things, though, you'd think that everything is still growing.
Events #1, 2, 5, and 11 all saw drops with Event #2 dropping by over 30%. Event #10 saw a small increase in numbers, but considering the buy-in was dropped from $10k to $5k the prize pool actually dropped by 40%.
The things you will hear hyped instead is how the $1,500 Omaha 8 or Better Event set an all-time record for players and how that the $1,500 NL Re-entry Event was the largest $1,500 Event since 2008.
Both sound great, but consider that the Omaha event drew just 42 players over last year and the $1,500 Re-entry was just that, a re-entry event.
According to reports, there were around 950 players that played both days. Take that number of players away from the 3,404 field and you get 2,454. These aren't the "official numbers," but they give you an idea.
The second $1,500 NL Event from last year drew 2,500 players. Not a huge drop mind you, but still a drop nonetheless.
Yes, it is true that Events #7,8, and 13 went up in numbers, but those increases are from 2% to 7% each.
And also, let's not forget that the $10,000 Heads-Up Championship only drew 24 more players than last year's championship despite the buy-in being $15,000 cheaper.
While this year's WSOP has still drew solid numbers, they are not quite as good as are being hyped. This is a somewhat down year so far, but the spin doctors will never let you know it.