Posted by Dr Fro 9:21 PM
The WSOP started on ESPN. The first duet of episodes reminded me of one thing: Why do people make such asses of themselves on TV? The second duet was more refreshing; the players took their lumps with dignity.
The second notable thing about this weeks episodes is that it confirms a trend that ESPN is not going to gloss over controversy (conventional wisdom is that they would paint poker to be a less dirty industry than it is because when the integrity of the game is at stake, viewers will be less interested). Last year, they were transparent about the chip discrepancy caused by an errant coloring up. This year, they pointed out that Justin Bonomo (ZeeJustin) was most famous for "cheating" online. To be fair to Justin, I put his sin in quotes; it deserves a post of its own to analyze whether what he did was, in fact, cheating. Further, I said "most famous" because he was famous online for his success before he was famous for his scandal.
Bravo, ESPN, for telling it like it is.