WRITER: JASON WHITNEY
The mecca of poker is inching closer and closer to the final table with around 50 players left in the main event. To be honest, I’m not sure if anyone really cares anymore now that we’re well past the initial poker boom and the hypocrisy that is the US government outlawed online gambling.
Yes 6,865 players signed up for the prestigious event, but does anyone really want to tune in to hear Lon McEachern, and Norman Chad ramble on about how great these last 50 relatively unknown players are? Although it is quite entertaining to hear Norm make a joke about his 3rd marriage and hear the Lon laugh like he’s never heard the joke before.
The main event used to be good when we had pro’s at the final table that we could recognize. We applauded them for their greatness, even if greatness was covered up by the fact that many of us watching ESPN didn’t necessarily play poker. You know, Norm gushing about how in the world Daniel Negreanu knew Phil Hellmuth was on a flush draw after check calling Daniel down to the river card with two spades on the board. Yes, we were all guilty of falling for the trap of “wow, Negreanu can read people.”
Now the Poker world just stands like Myspace, an online ghost town. Who really can get into the WSOP anymore when all it used to take was a nice 15 minute session of watching some random person bust Hellmuth for a huge pot to get our blood flowing for an online session of poker? I’m not sure about you but most of us don’t have a casino within 45 minutes away that we can just hop in the car and go play a spirited 8 hour session of cards.
So come November we’ll watch these small time pro poker players play for the coveted $8.7 million first place finish (which will be taxed heavily.) But the real losers in this is us, the recreational poker players.
Memo to the US government: You’re in debt! Take your slice of the cash cow that is online poker, and control and legalize it!