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WSOP November Nine Format Gone?

Thursday, November 3rd, 2011

Since 2008, the World Series of Poker has been running their Main Event under the November Nine format, where the final nine players meet in November to decide the tournament results. Of course, since the first portion of the WSOP Main Event ends in July, this creates a four-month gap before the final table is decided.

It wasn’t always this way though since the WSOP used to run the Main Event and final table within the same two weeks. However, the change was made in 2008 to create more buildup for the tournament, and help ESPN earn higher TV ratings. But after four years with this experiment, WSOP officials are starting to wonder if the November Nine format is turning people off of the Main Event.

Seth Palansky, who is the WSOP Communications Director, spoke about this subject by telling reporters, “We’re committed to it but I think what we learned over the summer with the live and taped programming is that we’re going to have to revisit the concept after this November. If you’re doing something live do you really need to delay it four months and try to build this anticipation to get people to watch? It doesn’t quite work.”

The 2011 WSOP Main Event final table will meet this Sunday to determine who wins the $8.7 million top prize. So far, no drop-off is expected in the ESPN ratings since enthusiasm is high for the final segment of the tournament, but if the WSOP notices any drop at all, they could be going back to the regular format.

That said, most poker fans would probably welcome the change because that way, they wouldn’t have to wait four months just to see the tournament play out. But we’ll have to wait and see what the WSOP and ESPN end up determining in the end.

2011 WSOPE begins Today

Friday, October 7th, 2011

The 2011 World Series of Poker Europe starts today, and plenty of people are excited about the new changes to the event. Instead of being held at the Empire Casino in London’s Leicester Square, the tournament will now be staged at the Casino Barrière de Cannes Croisette. The big reason for the change is that the 2011 WSOPE is expected to be huge, and organizers didn’t think the Empire Casino could hold the growing tournament fields.

WSOP Director Seth Palansky commented on this matter by telling reporters, “We’re committed to Cannes for the next couple of years. Capacity is an issue in London, and we would either have to convince the regulators it’s okay to hold an event in a non-gaming establishment on a temporary basis, or a location opens up that has more space.”

What’s really interesting about all of this is that the WSOPE Main Event is expected to be much bigger than last year. And this is saying something because last year’s Main Event offered a $5,337,694 prize pool, and James Bord won the largest share at $1,281,048.

Moving past the Main Event prize pool, the overall tournament pools are expected to dwarf what’s been seen in previous years as Palansky told the press, “We’re anticipating the biggest World Series of Poker Europe we’ve ever had, without a doubt. With seven events there’s a distinct possibility that we will reach the prize pool numbers of the first four years in this one year alone.”

As mentioned before, the 2011 WSOPE starts today, October 7th, and will run until the 15th. Here is a look at the entire 2011 WSOPE Europe schedule:

Event 1: 6-Handed Hold’em €2,680
Event 2: No-Limit Hold’em €1,090
Event 3: Pot-Limit Omaha €5,300
Event 4: Shootout Hold’em €3,200
Oct 12: Event 5: No-Limit Hold’em Split €10,400
Event 6: 6-Handed PLO €1,620
Event 7: WSOPE Main Event €10,400
Ladies Event: NLHE  €550


$40k WSOP Tournament Off the Schedule for 2010

Friday, September 18th, 2009

One of the highlights for me of the World Series of Poker this year was the $40k Hold’em event that kicked the series off. For one, I’m always blown away by these tournaments with huge buy-ins-$40k is what I’d call the big time. But what made this event really special were all the big poker names in attendance-Doyle Brunson, Phil Galfond, Vanessa Rousso, Phil Hellmuth, Tom Dwan, Daniel Negreanu and Phil Ivey. Vitaly Lunkin won the event, taking home a gold WSOP bracelet and $1,891,012.

The $40k event was held in honor of the 40 year anniversary of the World Series of Poker. However, I know I wasn’t the only poker fan hoping that the WSOP organizers, seeing the success of the event, would make it an annual thing. Unfortunately they won’t be, and the organizers announced that the event would not be on the calendar for 2010.

Seth Palansky, WSOP Communications Director, said, “This $40k was a good event. It was a successful event. But it made sense because it was the 40th annual World Series of Poker… That event doesn’t really fit when you’re not in your 40th year.” So I say, bring on a $41k event next year!

Palansky mentioned that the event, along with a special Champions Invitational event for 40 years of WSOP, might return in ten years with a bigger buy-in to celebrate 50 years of the World Series of Poker.