Along with yesterday’s news of the poker playing monks the links between poker and religion have been discussed by WSOP Tournament Director Jack Effel.
Stating that ‘a poker room is not a church’, two main developments have been made to allegedly make for better TV in this year’s World Series. The first ruling applies to celebrations and here is a video of why the initial rule, now overturned, was made in the first place.
Sorry to subject you to that, we promise it won’t happen again. We do hope that someone puts a bounty on the clown if he’s there this year. A Main Event entry should be reward enough for knocking him out, and we mean knocking him out in just about any sense you can think of.
The second rule is to encourage table talk, again in the hope that viewers will find the coverage more engaging. Here’s an example of what unsavouriness this rule might open us up to this year.
Imagine a scenario where you’ve got some idiot making stupid noises to one side of you and someone shouting “top top” on the other while you’ve got an important decision to make. If they must bring in these rules then Mr Effel should at least have the decency of allowing shotugns too .