People talk about bad beats in sports betting fairly often. I find the thought of a bad beat silly but that’s me. Things happen. It seems as if bad beats do happen in poker.
Now, this bad beat from the World Series of Poker earlier this year is pretty crazy. Both players went all in with a pair of Aces and one sucked out a win on the last card.
Ironically by the last card dealt this “bad beat” had a 20% chance of occurring. That doesn’t seem like a mathematical bad beat. I’m resigned to the fact that bad beats are silly thoughts. Things happen.
If you love watching poker you’re in store for a lot of pokery goodness coming soon. Summer is the season of poker! If you’re not in Vegas to catch the World Series of Poker live at the Rio you can watch it almost live online anywhere or wait until ESPN airs it in a few months. WSOPjust announced its live stream event schedule for this year’s events. Here are the details:
For the third year, WSOP.com will be livestreaming the final table action with the help of seasoned poker commentator David Tuchman. We’re keeping the broadcaster busy this summer with 32 days of feature table streaming, which will include commentary from Tuchman and a rotating cast of guests as well as hole cards on all No Limit Hold’em and Pot Limit Omaha events.
As in previous years, we will also have a secondary stream, which features a multi-camera setup, no hole cards, no commentary, and a five-minute delay. Please keep in mind this schedule is tentative and we reserve the right to change the schedule and which table is the feature table.
Start times depend on when play reaches a final table on Day 3. Be sure to follow @WSOP on Twitter for links and start times for streaming events. The streams will all be available on WSOP.com.
I tweeted a bunch of information that I found interesting during the conference call for the World Series of Poker today. I don’t play casino poker so my major takeaway may be different than most people on the call.
I love how WSOP and Caesars is integrating play on WSOP.com during the tournament itself. You can see details in my notes below. Note the frisbee dog show.
Disclaimer: This adventure will make “The Hangover” look like an episode of “Full House.”
Join Scott on a night of melee that begins at an undisclosed bar in Vegas, where you’ll experience a Black Tooth Grin (Dimebag’s favorite drink) in the form of an ice luge.
Then an amazing meal at Scott’s favorite Vegas restaurant.
From there, it’s off to the World Series of Poker where there’s a good chance you’ll get to be up close and personal with a few of the poker champs and throw back some cocktails. Count on a signed deck of cards from one of these card wizards.
A late night trip to Joshua Tree is not out of the question.
And then it’s mimosas and watching the sunrise over the desert and calling up some other rock legends from Scott’s cell….
Ben Mezrich wrote one of my favorite books called “Bringing Down The House“. It’s about the infamous MIT blackjack team going to Las Vegas and winning a boatload of money. I viewed the book as entertainment going into it and not fact even though it was pitched as non-fiction. I’m cynical and don’t believe anything is 100% true or false. His new book “Straight Flush” is being promoted in the same manner. Some reviewers on Amazon are attacking his accuracy. If you’re interested in building and tearing down of an online poker empire and read it as partial truth you will probably enjoy “Straight Flush”. Here’s an interview with Mezrich from CalvinAyre.com.
“High Stakes – The Sam Tricket Story” is about poker player Sam Tricket and focuses mainly on his entry into last year’s $1 million entry for the Big One for One Drop tournament at the World Series of Poker. Like all gambling movies it touches on his ups and downs in the poker world. You can watch the entire movie by visiting matchbook.com and signing up for an account if you’re from anywhere outside of the United States and France. I’m sure if you want to watch the full movie and you’re American you’ll be able to find it somewhere. Here’s the movie trailer for the documentary.
I don’t play much roulette so I haven’t seen anything like this before. The photo above shows the number 19 hitting 7 times in a row and 8 times in 9 spins. Hot damn! What are the odds of that happening? I’m glad you asked.
The website Beyond the Best crunched the numbers and calculated the odds of the 19s hitting seven times in succession as 114 billion to 1.
Obviously, hitting 8 times in 9 spins is even a bigger number. Seeing 20 hit 4 of the 6 previous spins would lead me to think that there’s some shady business here, but nothing has been found just yet.
Contacted this afternoon to ask for verification of the event and if the wheel has since been tested to make sure it is properly balanced and calibrated, Caesars Entertainment officials had not yet learned of the event.
I can be a conspiracy theorist and say that there’s some Ocean’s 13 shadiness going on here, but I just don’t see someone going to Rio to do that. Especially during the World Series of Poker. Then again, maybe that the genius here.
NBC’s National Heads Up Poker Tournament has always been a fun show to watch on a lazy Sunday morning or randomly at night on one of the other NBC channels. Unfortunately, NBC has cancelled the show.
NBC has announced the cancellation of one of the sports most prestigious poker tournament, the invitation only NBC National Heads-up Poker Tournament.
Since each match was head to head with the most famous professional poker players a few actors sprinkled in this was an easy show to watch. It didn’t come across as serious as the World Series of Poker. This was the last poker show I watched on TV and I’m not sure that there’s anything that will replace it. National Heads Up Poker Tournament, you will be missed.
After last weeks breakup of three major online poker sites ESPN (and their parent company, Disney) has announced that they are removing all poker from the network for the time being.
Walt Disney’s ESPN sports cable channel will remove poker advertising and programming after the U.S. indicted gambling websites that sponsor televised tournaments and froze their bank accounts.
“We are aware of the indictment only through what has been announced publicly,” Bristol, Connecticut-based ESPN said yesterday in an e-mailed statement. “For the immediate future, we are making efforts to remove related advertising and programming pending further review.”
This is a very safe play for ESPN. They were going to lose most of the advertising for their poker programming anyway since Full Tilt, Absolute Poker and Poker Stars made up the bulk of advertising on the shows.
ESPN didn’t state that they’ve canceled all contracts and are out of the business forever. They are just putting things on hold for TV. The poker page on ESPN.com is still up and running. I expect ESPN to seek out other World Series of Poker advertisers and will hold off on committing to airing the tournament until they know how they stand financially.
This is all, still, just the beginning of what’s probably going to be legal online gambling in America…it’s just a matter of when.
UPDATE: ESPN will be airing the 2011 WSOP, but they have removed old programming. Thanks for the heads up BluffMagazine.com
This years World Series of Poker (WSOP) TV ratings, on ESPN, are showing a 16% decrease from last years ratings which also fell.
The overall ratings for the first six weeks of WSOP coverage on ESPN have garnered a 0.67 rating, with a rating of 1.0 meaning that approximately 1.1 million viewers were watching a program. This would give the WSOP on ESPN an average of 737,000 viewers over the first six weeks of broadcasting. Compared to 2009, when the first six weeks pulled in a 0.79 rating (869,000 viewers), the ratings have dropped approximately 16%.
No surprise here, as the ratings continue to drop. It seems as if more people want to play poker now than watch poker on TV. This rating is still higher than hockey games and ESPN has a deal to air the WSOP through 2017, so this will air until nobody is left watchin.
The World Series of Poker (WSOP) just narrowed the field to 9 as we prepare for the final table in November. Until then ESPN‘s weekly coverage will tide us over until the live final table. Here’s the schedule.