The 1st episodes of the main event of the World Series of Poker 2016 have been telecasted on ESPN.
The initial 2 episodes started this week as the network picked up the action late on the 4th day. The week’s game started after the break wherein only 357 were remaining from 6737 players that started the event. The episodes covered the last levels until only 251 were remaining of the night.
There were 2 former champions of the Main Event with feature table time. Greg Raymer, the winner of 2004 and Ryan Riess, the 2013 champion and both serving short stacks. Many busts and all-ins were shown from the outer tables and glimpses of Griffin Benger, Kenny Hallaert and Cliff Josephy were captured.
Ryan Riess held the championship bracelet of the Main Event recently and told everyone that he is one of the best poker champions in the world. This humble poker player has been consistently impressing people for last 3 years and has made himself available for the media and his fans. He is definitely the best ambassador for the game.
As far as Greg Raymer is concerned, he may have lost the deal of sponsorship with PokerStars, but he is still one of the best players. He is great at the table and attracts people to play the game with him. He is yet another man whom you certainly want to play poker with.
Christopher Frank in the 1st episode managed to impress with a huge pre flop fold. Frank made the opening in a 3 way hand, Robert Allain 3 bet did have a shove stack and Maxim Sorokin had called shove from the blinds. The pressure is now on television and hence there will be a selection of more experienced hands from the shows this week. The decisions will be in the audiences on how they would play.