The World Series of Poker has the largest spread of poker variants in the poker world. Nearly every form of poker imaginable is played at the series either in tournament form or at the cash game tables.
They are also innovators in the industry and are always looking for ways to draw in more players. With that in mind, it might be time for officials to spice things up at the table and we can think of no better way to spice things up than with STRIP poker.
Just imagine poker’s greats taking part in one of the spiciest games in history. Daniel Negreanu can STRIP at the Rio, as can Phil Hellmuth and Phil Ivey. We’d even venture that Allen Kessler will STRIP at the World Series of Poker if the price was right.
Imagine the Promotional Opportunities
Would you STRIP at the World Series of Poker for the chance to win six figures or more? Many of you are already nodding your heads. Just imagine the promotional opportunities available for such a tournament.
Here are a few tag lines we think would work for promoting the tournament
- Go “All-In” With STRIP Poker.
- STRIP poker moves from the back room to the final table.
- It is OK to STRIP at the World Series of Poker.
- Who Needs Royal Flush Girls When You Can Play STRIP Poker
- Get paid to STRIP this summer at the World Series of Poker.
- It is finally legal to STRIP in public – only at the World Series of Poker.
While they normally don’t broadcast preliminary events, a STRIP poker event could become the exception to that rule. Of course, FCC regulator will be watching the event under a microscope for obvious reasons.
The mention of the words “Strip poker” is enough to grab the attention of the average poker fan, so imagine the turnout for an actual STRIP poker tournament. It is marketing gold for the WSOP.
What is STRIP Poker?
It’s time to get your minds out of the gutter because STRIP poker has nothing to do with clothes or nudity. Rather, STRIP poker is a rotation game consisting of Seven Card Stud, Triple Draw Lowball, Razz, Razzdugi and Pineapple.
STRIP poker is a solid mixed of old school poker elements along with modern day favorites. Razzdugi is the most unique game in this rotation and has never been spread at the World Series of Poker in tournament form.
For those unfamiliar with Razzdugi, it is a seven-card split-pot game that awards half the pot to the best Razz hand and the other half to the best four-card Badugi hand. There are no qualifiers in this game, meaning there is always the possibility for a split pot. Live pros will have an advantage over those that play poker online as Razzdugi hasn’t yet made it online.
If officials would like to add a bit more gamble to the game, they can always change Pineapple to Crazy Pineapple. In standard Pineapple, players are dealt three hole cards and must discard one before the flop. In Crazy Pineapple, the discard doesn’t occur until after the flop. This is another game that is spread on few online poker sites, giving a second game where live pros have the advantage.
A Fun Gimmick Event for Mixed Game Players
The World Series of Poker has been pushing the gimmick events over the last couple of years and this would be a fun gimmick to try at least once. When they added Dealer’s Choice to the schedule, it became so popular that it returned with a second event at a $10,000 price point.
Imagine the fun that the WSOP and the players can have promoting this event and the shenanigans that can occur during the event. We can already imagine the tweets coming from Phil Hellmuth as he name-drops the players “STRIPping” at his table or Allen Kessler facepalming as Gavin Smith is once again motorboated by Anthony Zinno.
We urge WSOP officials to consider this event. Do it for the fun, do it for the puns, but most of all do it for the fans – and for the constant tweets from Kevmath.