... one of the reasons why I wanted to come on here with you tonight Gary, was to express a concern I do have for some of the advice and some of the moves poker players are making. Because if you want to mainstream a game, and if you're trying to get corporate America to buy into what you're selling, you need Tom Bradys, you need Peyton Mannings, you need Michael Jordans, etc. If we have guys that aren't willing to take that mantle, or the same ten, twelve guys that you see getting a lot of attention at the Main Event early on: the known names for their antics or whatever the case may be. If people want to leave it just to those dozen, they can't grow the game. For all the others, they've got to take advantage of the opportunities that get presented to them, and it's unfortunate that in situations where we had a successful pitch and an opportunity for our players to be on that national stage, they chose not to.They haven't made any decisions about next year's WSOP yet, and don't expect to have the schedule finalized before late January or early February.
...I believe they owe it to the brethren of the poker community to take the mantle and try to elevate the game, just as any poker stakeholder is trying to do.... I mean, you walk into the door of the Main Event, you know the ESPN cameras are rolling, you know what comes with the territory if you advance very far. And it's unfortunate that it simply comes down to "I want the money, but I don't want what else comes along with achieving that success."
Barry Greenstein, a member of the WSOP Players' Advisory Council, was also on the podcast. He said the delay got the November Nine triple what they would normally have received in endorsement money. He also hopes that they'll do a better job for the fans next year, either by making it a three-hour show or bringing back the live stream of the final table.
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