Phil Ivey, Daniel Negreanu and Phil Hellmuth all expressed disappointment at this year’s WSOP schedule, insisting that there are too many No-Limit Hold’em events and the lack of a more balanced offering that would make the series more interesting and entertaining.
Calling the trend “disheartening,” Negreanu tweeted that “the WSOP used to be a place where people learned new games but now they don’t have to learn anything but NL holdem.” KidPoker went on to say that participating in only one Stud tournament during the duration of the series proves that WSOP schedule makers have lost their focus on hosting a true festival of poker.
Ivey agreed with Negreanu’s assessment, tweeting a reply that stated, “We need to protect WSOP history and offer a balanced schedule.” Ivey has said in past months that he has been more aware of his history in the game of poker as he chases Hellmuth in the quest to capture WSOP gold bracelets.
Hellmuth chimed in with a suggestion that a player’s council be more involved with scheduling the tournaments. The 13-gold bracelet winner applauded the WSOP for “doing a great job year-to-year,” but reminded WSOP honchos that “the #WSOP cannot be about Caesars Interactive making a billion dollars w their online poker site, it NEEDS to be FOR the players!”
That tweet was in reference to WSOP.com expecting to make its real-money launch later this summer. The site is currently online as a play-money offering with plans to compete with Ultimate Poker as soon as Nevada gaming officials give their approval.
“Appreciate input 2night,” was the tweeted reply of WSOP Executive Director Ty Stewart. “Always want specific suggestions from players and do best to put in motion.”
The pros have spoken. Expect the WSOP schedule to look a bit different next year.