... the WSOP reportedly has serious intention of playing the 2008 $10k NLH Championship down to a final table in July, then reconvening three months later as these nine new millionaires play down to a winner. The intent being lots of build-up to a near-live final table on ESPN.
... here are a few more quasi-confirmed “facts” regarding a major potential schedule change mid-main event:
- No decision is final yet, but on the big pro-con list, the left side of the board has it all but locked up.
- Television ratings are the driving force behind this idea.
- It was essential, however, that the integrity of the game be protected and blind structures unaltered, no matter what ESPN says.
- “Plausibly live” is the buzzphrase for what they’re trying to create...
- The final table will be played over two days — from the final 9 to 2, and then heads-up the next day...
- Timing will be carefully coordinated so most people will be watching to see who will win, not how one wins (the Olympics broadcast model)
- All final tableists will be paid 9th place money in July and will have their return trips to Vegas comped.
1) ESPN would be able to show normal edited broadcasts of the tournament days leading up to the final table;
2) ESPN and Harrah's would have months to extensively promote the event and the players; and
3) people wouldn't know who won before they watched it.