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Old 01-16-2011, 11:55 AM   #1
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PCA Feedback Wanted for ESPN

Hey guys,

Thanks to all who watched the PCA live final table last night. I'm looking forward to hearing what you thought worked/didn't work and whether or not you believe that we (ESPN), should do something like this again.

I know that people have left comments in other threads, but I need a central place for all of this stuff so that I can keep track a little easier.

Appreciate all of you watching, but if you didn't, you can watch the replay of it on ESPN3 here: http://espn.go.com/espn3/index?id=120082

Thanks again for your thoughts and no matter what you say, good or bad, it won't be falling on deaf ears.

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Old 01-16-2011, 12:32 PM   #2
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I thought the ESPN2 broadcast was great and really enjoyed watching it before I got too tired and went to bed (which is obviously an issue with starting the broadcast at 10 pm). I'm not the target audience but it was the most interesting poker on TV I think I've ever watched.

Daniel did a great job in the booth and I think James is a very solid play-by-play guy. Put someone who knows something about poker in the booth in all ESPN poker broadcasts, it would make them a lot better.

It could definitely use less of a Stars-infomercial feel to it, though -- less cutaways to pointless interviews with Stars pros, less Stars commercials and logos. They can promote the site without beating us over the head with it. But I suspect they bought the airtime and that's why it was like that.

ESPN3's unavailability in quite a few markets is quite annoying. I've never seen an ESPN3 poker broadcast, not at home (Cablevision or Verizon Wireless), not while staying at the Rio during the WSOP. And so, no, I and many others can't watch the replay of it on ESPN3.
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Old 01-16-2011, 12:33 PM   #3
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Re: PCA Feedback Wanted for ESPN

It would be great if the scrolling ticker could be turned off during future events.
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Old 01-16-2011, 12:35 PM   #4
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ESPN needs to create an all poker channel and get funding from it just like the PGA does. We want some more real televised tournamet poker & no more highlight shows . I would be willing to pay about $3.50 a month for this.
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Old 01-16-2011, 12:49 PM   #5
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Regarding the unavailability of ESPN3, there should be a PPV option for people who don't get ESPN3. Like the WSOP ME live broadcast -- I used to pay a fair amount to watch that on PPV, this year I had no way to watch it (legally) even though I was willing to pay for it.
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Old 01-16-2011, 01:13 PM   #6
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Re: PCA Feedback Wanted for ESPN

Love the broadcast, best poker on tv ever. Daniel Negreanu did a great job. I can't find a single thing bad. All poker should be televised like the PCA. Its clearly another time for a poker boom.
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Old 01-16-2011, 01:14 PM   #7
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A++++, brilliant idea
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Old 01-16-2011, 01:19 PM   #8
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Re: PCA Feedback Wanted for ESPN

Re: espn3. I'm based in the UK, can I subscribe? And are there any archive poker streams on espn3 available to a subscriber? I want to watch the wsope last couple of tables again if poss.

Watched the 1st 3 hours engrossed last night. But had to go to bed so would like it started earlier (same as wsop me (i know there's nothing you can do )). Hartigan, v good. Negreanu, v enjoyable. The next 2 commentators, not so good (Tuchman and Brown). Not terrible just would rather have a pro there with some personality.
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Old 01-16-2011, 01:20 PM   #9
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Re: PCA Feedback Wanted for ESPN

I thought the entire broadcast was great - from ESPN3.com to ESPN2 -- again, Daniel did a great job. A few feedback items --

1. Is it possible to see ALL of the hole cards preflop, even from the folded players? Probably difficult since it appeared there was lag for even the players who raised/called to show their hole cards.

2. Late start time -- why did this thing start at 5PM EST when the Bahamas is in EST? Didn't get to see the end since I went to bed around 1:30AM. They should have started the final table at 1PM.

Otherwise I thought it was great - I think this was the only other televised tournament that has shown every hand besides the tournament final table at Turning Stone that was shown on Fox Sports a few years ago -- hopefully this becomes more of the norm instead of the exception.
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Old 01-16-2011, 01:26 PM   #10
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Re: PCA Feedback Wanted for ESPN

I missed the overal excitement of a final table though, but I guess that has to do with the security when doing live streaming, so you gotta give and take

I wonder how it is decided who does the commentary, james and daniel did amazing jobs, very interesting pokerwise and fun stories on the side, but chad brown was kinda boring to listen to
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Old 01-16-2011, 01:46 PM   #11
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Re: PCA Feedback Wanted for ESPN

I think it would have been great if you guys got one or two internet players who were very familiar with the people at the table through their online MTT play. Would have been great to hear some personal insight about Oliver, Hall, and Sowers' play and how they would expect them to approach the FT.

It's cool and all to have Negreanu and Brown doing commentary (and they did a good job) but their complete lack of familiarity with any of the players at the table was a glaring void that could have been addressed.

Nonetheless the footage was great. Much improved from the WSOP stream. Keep up the great work and thanks!
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Old 01-16-2011, 01:55 PM   #12
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I found it a little boring at times but the concept is pretty cool. The other thing that kinda had me on tilt was the camera angles. One seemed pretty far away from the table. all in all def a B+
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Old 01-16-2011, 01:56 PM   #13
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Just wanted to say I loved everything about it. Daniel and JamesH did a great job.
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Old 01-16-2011, 01:59 PM   #14
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Re: PCA Feedback Wanted for ESPN

I watched it on Pokerstars.tv since I'm not from the US and have to say that it was great to be able to see it online. Normally people from overseas are ****ed when it's only on ESPN.
1. Loved Daniel as a commentator, as well as Hartigan(he is always good).

2. Like Tuchman, but not so much Chad Brown, he just can't really talk.

3. Missing some excitement, but that's probably the price you pay with the almost live coverage and I think we all can live with that.

4. TY no Hellmuth.

In general great job, hoping to see this kind of coverage a little more in the future.
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Well done and thoroughly enjoyable.
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