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MedallaGuy
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So after four months we finally have our new champion 22 year old Peter Eastgate from Denmark who wins a cool 9 million dollars plus all the endorsement he got for the final table plus all the free tournaments he will have sponsored...plus taking Helmuth out of the record books!!!

Seems ESPN really liked the 4 month hiatus, best ratings since 2005 i believe and lots of hype around it. Personally i didn't like the hiatus and really think Dennis Phillips who was running HOT in July would've won the bracelet.

The editing of the heads up was very unfair, it was a 5 hour heads up and they showed 2 HANDS!!! Stretch the programming to three hours, forget the preview, I'm sure the people will watch it anyhow.

all right those who saw it, what you think? Hoping I'm in Vegas for 2009 WSOP



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I was wondering how much editing they did. That's unfortunate if what you say is true but I guess nobody wants to watch 5 hours of preflop folds and check-check-check-etc. to the river. Also, I was under the impression that the "November Nine" were going to last for a few broadcasts spread out over a couple of weeks, so I was surprised that they went from 9 to 1 in a single 2-hour episode.

The Phillips cheering section was NUTS. Flying all those people into Vegas probably set him back like, what, $100k? Not a terrible investment I guess if you know you're already a millionaire, probably a few times over.

Eastgate is a silent assassin. Never have I seen someone so unemotional at a poker table, even AFTER he won it all. I think the crowd wasn't sure how to react once the players flipped over the cards on the deciding hand because Eastgate just sat there like it was just another boring ol' showdown.

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I watched it and enjoyed it. I felt like the ending was a little anti-climactic in that it happened so fast. If they trimmed that much out between the final two, they chopped too much. There had to have been SOME interesting hands that they could have kept in.
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Since: 11.1.02
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Hey, ESPN...stop showing so much of the crowd reaction, and show more hands.

No one cares about the 50+ Dennis Phillips lookalikes in the audience; no one cares about Danes singing. You didn't even show Kelly Kim's elimination.
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#5 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.39
    Originally posted by StingArmy
    Eastgate is a silent assassin. Never have I seen someone so unemotional at a poker table, even AFTER he won it all. I think the crowd wasn't sure how to react once the players flipped over the cards on the deciding hand because Eastgate just sat there like it was just another boring ol' showdown.
That's what I love about Eastgate. I'd rather watch players like him any day as opposed to loudmouths like Jamie Gold.
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Oof, hopefully Chino didn't burn thru ALL his per diem he got four months ago. The man has a "few" debts still probably. Including one to society.

Ivan Demidov may have lost, but I'm pretty sure that time will tell than he is the player to watch from this final table. He's already made another WSOP final table before taping resumed (it was from WSOP Europe...but still.) I also like Ylon Schwartz out of this group too.


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Peter The Hegemon
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ESPN never shows half as much of a tournament as I'd like. Yeah, five hours of heads up wouldn't fly, but surely half an hour of highlights would work. They rerun it so much, why not add another two-hour episode? Maybe even do a late-night showing with more. Or just a web version--yeah, I *would* watch a couple hours of checks to the river. Then again, just cut out "The Flushies," Michael Buffer, and some of the other nonsense and we could have had more good poker. Fox Sports usually gives you a lot more hands.

I don't think Dennis Phillips (the quarterback?) would have won if they had played on the old schedule. There's a reason why none of the winners in recent years have been over 40--the tournament is grueling. I know he was running well, but that can change quickly, and he must have been tired when they left off. It's all speculation, but I didn't think someone his age would even make a final table again (at least as long as the fields stay this large).

At least I managed to make it to the end without knowing the winner. Most recent years I've been spoiled. In that sense the delay to November helped, I guess.

How did "Don't You Just Know It" become the Danish equivalent of "Aussie Aussie Aussie"? That was welcome, but weird!
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    Originally posted by Sec19Row53
    I watched it and enjoyed it. I felt like the ending was a little anti-climactic in that it happened so fast. If they trimmed that much out between the final two, they chopped too much. There had to have been SOME interesting hands that they could have kept in.


I agree with Paul. I watched it and I did enjoy watching it, but it felt like there was a little drama missing. Eastgate caught some incredible luck and you obviously need that if you're going to win, but some of his hits were unbelievable. He was destined to win, but Demidov is the real deal.




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#9 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.39
    Originally posted by Peter The Hegemon
    At least I managed to make it to the end without knowing the winner. Most recent years I've been spoiled. In that sense the delay to November helped, I guess.
I made the mistake of visiting MSNBC.com the morning of the airing. It was still fun to watch though.
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    Originally posted by Peter The Hegemon
    ESPN never shows half as much of a tournament as I'd like. Yeah, five hours of heads up wouldn't fly, but surely half an hour of highlights would work. They rerun it so much, why not add another two-hour episode? Maybe even do a late-night showing with more. Or just a web version--yeah, I *would* watch a couple hours of checks to the river. Then again, just cut out "The Flushies," Michael Buffer, and some of the other nonsense and we could have had more good poker. Fox Sports usually gives you a lot more hands.

    I don't think Dennis Phillips (the quarterback?) would have won if they had played on the old schedule. There's a reason why none of the winners in recent years have been over 40--the tournament is grueling. I know he was running well, but that can change quickly, and he must have been tired when they left off. It's all speculation, but I didn't think someone his age would even make a final table again (at least as long as the fields stay this large).

    At least I managed to make it to the end without knowing the winner. Most recent years I've been spoiled. In that sense the delay to November helped, I guess.

    How did "Don't You Just Know It" become the Danish equivalent of "Aussie Aussie Aussie"? That was welcome, but weird!

Phillips wasn't going to win even if they only played three hours a day. It was obvious that he was the weakest player at the final table, and Demidov pretty well owned him. I know tv editing makes things appear skewed, but just watching his play in the big hands they showed it was pretty clear you could push him off a hand unless he held the stone cold nuts.

I know a year or two ago ESPN had a PPV deal where they showed the entire final table live. Not sure if they offered that this year.



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