by David Stratton |In what has to be described as a dramatic change to its tournament format, World Series of Poker officials announced Thursday that the tourney’s $10,000 buy-in Championship Event will conduct its final table in November, 16 weeks after the finalists are determined.
In a conference call, World Series Commissioner Jeffrey Pollack said the move will "enhance" the World Series by providing "an even bigger stage for our players."
That stage will be televised live by ESPN, Pollack said, adding that TV coverage was among the reasons for the monumental shift in how the tournament is to be played.
Pollack said the WSOP would also benefit from 16 weeks of marketing, and that the nine final table participants would also have extra time for the limelight.
However, most professional players contacted by GamingToday
complained that the delayed final table was something tantamount to
"playing the Super Bowl’s fourth quarter 16 weeks after the third
"It’s hard to believe they ever took testimony from actual players," said a former World Series bracelet winner who asked not to be identified. "To break the continuity of the game, to force players to come back after four months, to delay the outcome for such a long period is, patently, ludicrous."
For more details about the change as well as other changes announced by the World Series of Poker, check out next week’s GamingToday beginning Tuesday.