Posted by Johnnymac 5:45 PM
So I was catching up on the finale of Tilt this afternoon. Did anyone else notice that the fake WSOP graphics on Clark's final hand said "all-in" next to his name before he ever bet? In fact, after he flops his set he checks, then David Williams bets $250k, and then Clark goes all-in. Not that it makes a difference, but just a little nitpick.
Also, Binion's must have given up some serious royalties in return for ESPN giving them all that money to televise the real thing, because besides for the "Colorado Casino" and the "World Poker Championships" the fake ESPN coverage is identical to the WSOP, right down to the theme music. Obviously, we all know that it's supposed to be the WSOP, so perhaps Binion's isn't losing much branding capital, but ESPN is making money off of Tilt and I suspect that Binions isn't getting anything out of it.
I could be wrong - maybe Binions is getting something, but I don't see ESPN paying a whole bunch. If the price was too high, after all, ESPN could just come up with something fake but not quite as close as still get to the same place. Interesting conjecture, though, and I would be keen to find out more someday.