Excuse my rant, but what are the upper echelon at Harrah's thinking with this new format?
"So when we're down to the final table, let's WAIT for months, document the lives of the players in the meantime, and THEN start up again. It's new. It's fresh. It's happening. The kids will love it!"
Huh? What nonsense is this? Is anyone else seeing this as an industry's weak grasp to bring sensation back to what was, for some, a temporary fad and which was dealt its deathblow when Internet play was almost completely squashed back in 2006 and 2007?
I'm all for the opportunity for ESPN to create featurettes about the players whose names and faces aren't as familiar as those of Phil Hellmuth, Doyle Bruson, Chris Ferguson, Daniel Negreanu, and Phil Ivey. However, I do not believe that we'll be seeing many of these new faces again on any professional level with the regularity of those professionals mentioned. The huge number of entrants into the Main Even has introduced an unprecedented level of randomness into the play and the value of time to payout keeps many professionals out of the game or encourages them to play very aggressively at the start -- they can be making more money at the cash games.
And what random act of life could occur between the determination of the final table and the resumption of play? I suppose all those notes about how the other players played can be thrown out since they'll likely change up style in the meantime.
Anyone else want a "champion" crowned within a month of the start of play?