I am starting to feel as though we are (finally) standing on the sidelines
watching the world of televised poker begin to change. The focus is no longer on all Hold'em, all the time, instead
other card games are beginning to get some much needed airtime. I wish I could say that it was a Stud or Omaha game
that was getting all the attention, however I will take whatever I can get at this point. GSN, The Game Show Network, will be airing the finals of the Three Card Poker National Championship
Tournament on April 17th and 24th of this year. This isn't a small-time game, either. The winner of this event will
walk away one million dollars richer.
That said, I personally don't care much about what happens with Three Card Poker. It is a game that is played
against the dealer rather than your opponents, and though there certainly is skill involved, it simply doesn't compare
to an actual professional game of poker. (I'll be getting into this subject a little deeper later in the week.) The
point is this though - the networks are (hopefully) beginning to see that there is a world of gaming outside of NLHE
for a change.
Recently, many top professional poker players have expressed their distaste over Harrah's decision to make the 2006
WSOP so Hold'em-heavy. Daniel Negreanu has probably been the most vocal,
correctly stating that it is, in fact, the World Series of Poker, not the World Series of Hold'em.
I hope this TV trend continues and the other great games of poker begin to gain more exposure.