Reads of the Week

2015 WSOP Main Event: The Finale, Finally

The Final Table of the World Series of Poker Main Event will begin this weekend, and for some the break between July and November is simply too long.

The November Nine concept has its advantages and disadvantages, but in this piece poker author Martin Harris takes a broader view and comments on the broadcasting delay of the early days of the Main Event.

Harris compares and contrasts the lasting impressions that a “live” event has had on him personally with those from consuming previously recorded events. The “highlight show” effect that Harris describes is a point that can have ramifications on the long-term growth of the popularity poker.

The recent push by Alex Dreyfus to “sportify poker” stems from the concept of finding success by mimicking the success of others. In his article, Harris highlights one of the ways sports have been able to continue their popularity through generations of fans, and in doing so makes a case why it is finally time for poker to shed the broadcast delay of its premiere event.