And should we care?
I’ve been a fan of this new proposed ‘final table’ structure for the WSOP Main Event, mainly because I think it presents an opportunity for casual fans to become more interested in the game. Which at the end of the day, is the main reason poker is a viable occupation for some people. New blood feeds this economy and anyone that tells you different is lying. Not to mention, the ‘rake’ being taken out of the economy by online sites, harrah’s, wsop, wpt, vegas, espn, etc needs to be replaced…you could argue some of these properties bring endorsement money value in as well, but it is such a small percentage of the total community that it is most certainly an overall net loss. Sorry, I digress…
Originally, I was hoping the final table people would have some interesting stories (and perhaps there still are a few diamonds in the rough) but overall, there are not any super star tv personalities. I wanted to see some 24/7 style De La Hoya type reality show…but I’m not convinced these guys have enough fire power to fuel that type of show.
So we have this cast of characters about to tee-off for the biggest single table sng of their lives…who are they:
Chip leader: Dennis Phillips – chip count: 27M – seat 1 – he’s an account manager for a trucking company. Says that regardless of what happens in November, he isn’t going to quit his job. We’ll see. This is his first major poker tournament cash, and got into the WSOP ME through a satellite at his local casino. While his chip count (and bookies) would say he has the best chance of winning…I wouldn’t bet on it.
Ivan Demidov – chip count: 24.4M – seat 7 – A fairly close second to Phillips this will be Demidov’s second cash of the 2008 WSOP as he took 11th place in Event 44 NL w Rebuys for $39,854. Demidov hails from Moscow, Russia. He started playing poker two years ago.