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World Series Of Poker Finale Draws Increased Ratings For ESPN

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The World Series of Poker is much like any other company. They are always striving to improve their product. This year, part of that improvement was to delay the final table at their Main Event by a couple of months.

During the layoff the majority of the nine final table participants spoke out against such a layoff. They claimed that it took them out of the groove they were in to get themselves to the final table.

Outside the players, however, interest grew as these players played other tournaments throughout the world to keep themselves ready. News agencies profiled the players, so by the time the final table began, most of the players were household names.

ESPN has reported that the layoff was good for television. Their ratings were up fifty percent from last year. One of the advantages ESPN had this year was that the final table was shown the same day that the tournament crowned its champion.

"What you did was create a must-see television event which...wasn't the case the past few years when you knew who the winner was. It was the whole 'Who will win' element," said WSOP Spokesman Seth Palansky.

The move to delay the final table was one that is not set in stone. Although the television ratings were up, the WSOP will evaluate the pros and cons of the layoff. No decision has yet been made regarding next year.

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