Watching bits and pieces of the final table of the WSOP this year just reminds me how boring live poker on TV is. When I’m dealing final tables of tournaments there is usually very little action. A lot of the same moves, raise and take the blinds. Re-raise and take the initial raise and the blinds, etc. Adding the element of hole card cams gives things a little more interesting flavor as you can play armchair quarterback and guess what will transpire next. This years announcers did that quite a bit for you, of course breaking up the commercials and chips shuffling noises.
The lead up to the final table is always turned into made for TV hour long shows. They have plenty of material, hands and bad beats to analyze and make exciting. Live TV(or 15 minute delay) has the challenge of making things interesting to the casual player. The reason I say this is high level players can get a lot from the action of these professionals. There are quite a few subtle nuances that average players don’t really understand. People that play poker for a living or at an extremely high level can watch for hours and get enjoyment out of it. The average player and casual poker player just wants to see big hands, bad beats and rail birds chanting stupid things. I had plenty of these bad players tonight baffled by some of the plays these guys made. I didn’t want to explain to them some deeper analysis so I just watched along with them. Congrats to the kid with the weird hair by the way, the deck hit you pretty hard at the right time. Lucky always helps.
I guess you can say the same thing for most events about being boring. Watching pro baseball and golf is pretty boring as well. Unless you play or understand the game at an extremely high level. Watching a pitcher throw a 3-2 changeup with the bases loaded give me chills. Football and basketball are pretty exciting because of the action on every play. Hockey and soccer not so much because there isn’t much scoring. People that really get these games though can point out the most obscure plays, sometimes not even near the action that means a lot in the whole scheme of things. Boxing and UFC can also have that element of just waiting for the big hit or knockout. Where people who really get the sport can see all the little things that affect the outcome of a fight.
When I’m dealing and someone starts to delve into a deeper understanding of a sport or game I like to have them elaborate for me. Knowledge is power, it also gives you another way to look at something boring and turn it into something interesting. So live poker is
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