WSOP Main Event Paused to Accommodate TV


It’s been a fast and furious sea of bustouts on Day 8 of the 2011 World Series of Poker Main Event. What started as a field of 22 today has already been cut to 14. WSOP officials have told that they willhalt play with 14 remaining until 4:30pm PT. Then, the cards would fly for two hours until the scheduled dinner break at 6:30pm PT.

The action from the two-hour window will air between 8:00pm and 10:00pm ET on ESPN on a 30-minute delay. Then, ESPN2 will carry the Main Event from Midnight to 4:30am ET, again on a 30-minute delay, once the dinner break ends.

ESPN’s Andrew Feldman has been among those relaying information about the schedule change to those in attendance and watching at home. Feldman Tweeted, “Seriously, seven eliminations in the first two hours of Day 8.” He added that seats were filling up fast in the Thunderdome: “The arena is starting to fill up. If you’re in Vegas, come on down, it’s free to watch. Or, turn on your computer or TV. That works too.”

Andrey Pateychukdropping a race with A-Q against the pocket jacks of Pius Heinz marked the eighth elimination of the day, pausing the tournament with 14 players remaining.

One-time chip leader Ryan Lenaghan(pictured) was the ousted from the Main Event. He 3bet all-in before the flop with A-8 of hearts and received a taker in Samuel Holden, who called with A-Q of spades. The flop came 2-7-6 with two spades, giving Holden a flush draw, and it promptly hit on the turn when the eight of the suit fell. Lenaghan was drawing dead to the river and found the door in 16th place for $378,000.

WSOP bracelet winner Sam Barnhart went broke just moments earlier after running pocket nines into pocket kings. The board came J-4-3-10-8 and Barnart pocketed the same $378,000 for 17th place in the 2011 WSOP Main Event.

Barnhart took down the WSOP Circuit Championship at Harrah’s Tunica for nearly $150,000 earlier this year, which qualified him for the Circuit National Championship freeroll in Las Vegas just prior to the 2011 WSOP. Barnhart won the $1 million invite-only event for $300,000 and a gold bracelet. He’s at well over $800,000 in earnings this year from live poker tournaments.

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  1. Glad they paused it. This was horribly planned. With 22 players left to start day 8 they shouldn’t have started until it was going to be on ESPN2 with the 30 minute delay. We already missed 36% of the remaining field be eliminated on Day 8. Hopefully they don’t fuck this up next year.

    • The new format on ESPN SUCKS!!!! Horrible and extremely boring to watch on TV now. Poker will continue to lose more ‘casual’ viewers/ potential newcomers to the game with this bland coverage IMO.

    • Gr8, why is the format bad? You do realize that they will have the usual WSOP episodes like every other year right? They are just streaming the two feature tables live.. but in the new recorded & voiced over episodes, it shows action from all tables..

      I like the coverage personally.. It may not be the best for casual viewers, but the casual viewers can watch the real episodes of the WSOP 2011 Main Event on July 27th.. The streaming format is good because you can get a better feeling on their hands.. you can actually act like you are one of the players and pick up a read on another player.. The ability to put someone on a specific range of hands is probably the best part.