After watching a few days of ESPN “live” coverage of the World Series of Poker Main Event, it’s pretty clear we are looking at the future of televised poker. I say “live” as it’s on a 30 minute delay for obvious reasons (to protect the games integrity).
Quick aside, congrats to my friend Dave Tuchman for his play by play work. You can follow Dave on twitter, click HERE. I just wish they would get Bart Hanson to do the commentary, he did a GREAT job during the 50k 8-game final table. But I digress…
For the first time you are hearing poker terms regularly like: Fold Equity (the percentage of equity you have from the pot based on how often the opponent will fold) and Polarized Range (Taking an action with only really strong or weak hands, and nothing in the middle.) These terms will be googled, researched, and then studied by those who are watching and never heard of them. Our complicated poker language will become more and more common place.
This will only expand the game. This is good for the game of poker. The more people in the game, the more we show how beautifully complicated it can be. The more will start to believe how much skill is in the game.
Its Poker’s time to shine.
If you are still in the Main Event, Good Luck! And, represent us well!
Added: Quick shout out and a thank you to Shaun Deeb who took one of the worst beats on a ESPN live table, or any table for that matter. (His AA lost to A6 in a HUGE all in preflop pot.) But Shaun’s a pro’s pro, kept his cool, counted out his chips, and even though I know he wanted to scream, he got up and just calmly walked away to cool down a bit.