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Monday, September 13, 2004

Looking Back at the WSOP
Way back in May B and I spent a fun Friday night in front of the computer, watching PokerStars's online broadcast of the final table of the World Series of Poker main event. This wasn't a video broadcast, instead it was like watching an online tourney. It was a PokerStars table with Raymer, Harrington, etc., and some PokerStars rep at the WSOP would plug into the virtual table what each player had just done in real life.

It was interesting to watch, and while I drank beer, B took notes and later that night she wrote up a post for the blog. With the WSOP final table airing on ESPN tomorrow, I thought it would be fun to compare B's write-up of the event with ESPN's presentation. Keep in mind that at the time we had no idea who any of the players besides Harrington were. We were mostly struck by Arieh's aggressive play and Raymer's use of his big stack; it'll be interesting to see what "story" ESPN crafts for the other players. And of course it'll be interesting to see which hands ESPN does and doesn't show. Finally, back in May it was still surprising to us to see so many players who qualified online at the final table, and at the time I thought ESPN would make much more of a big deal about the online poker phenomenon than they have. I find it amazing how ESPN never mentions the specific sites that these players qualified through. Here is the link to B's post.

I am off to Las Vegas early on Thursday for my buddy Odogg's bachelor party. Hopefully next week I'll be blogging about another win at the Mirage :)

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