In a highly unscientific poll taken this past month by less than 100 unknown readers, 83% say Go back to the old way of showing the Championship table of the World Series of Poker. Let's face it, nobody wants to watch ice cubes melt, paint dry, or a player on the final table go "into the tank" and think about what to do on a hand for three minutes - every single round!
While early broadcasts of the WSOP by CBS Sports were less than perfect, I'd much rather watch that kind of recap from the 1980's than sit through another year of "live" broadcasts from ESPN that will likely kill me with. Even Doyle Brunson, who's been at the championship final table many times, used his Twitter account to tell his fans that the play was way too slow. He thought he'd pass watching the following year unless it was changed, perhaps with the aid of a "play clock" or timer of some sort. I agree.
In other news, the 79-year old Brunson also Tweeted that he has been diagnosed with been a rather slow-growth form of skin cancer - Squamous cell carcinoma. Our best wishes go out to him as he continues to play great live and tournament poker.
As for ESPN, I can't wait to hear what they have come up with for next year's final table so I can decide whether to watch or not.