What Comes Next After the World Series of Poker Ends?
What comes after the World Series of Poker ends?
Pick your punch line….
(A) A long vacation
(B) A bottle of vodka
(C) A trip to the unemployment office
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At the Rio, even with the final stages of the 2013 Main Event Championship still going on, it’s already the start of a new day. Nearly 400 poker tables, dozens of television cameras, miles of cables and electrical wires, thousands of lights, and tens of thousands of bad beat stories are but a distant memory of the 52-day poker festival that was the busiest overall tournament series in history.
So, what happens next?
Remarkably, much of the former main tournament room called the Pavilion has already been converted over to the next big thing about to happen — a national billiards championship. That’s right, poker tables have been wheeled out, and pool tables have been put in place. Oddly enough, the room looks strikingly similar to the way it looked during the WSOP. The same floor once covered by tables and low-hanging lights is now covered again by — stop the presses — tables and low-hanging lights. The only thing missing are the chairs.
The 2014 WSOP — which is coming next summer — will be here before you know it. In fact, our game is about to enter an exciting new era. The spread of legal online poker in the United States and poker’s continued growth internationally are two major reasons for optimism. I expect that next year’s WSOP will reflect many of these changes we are about to see both inside and outside the U.S. Somehow, the WSOP always seems to mirror where poker is at the moment.
As for me, very soon I’ll be long gone from this place where I have pretty much lived non-stop since May 26th. I’m looking forward to some rest, followed by many new challenges, which includes my direct involvement in a major television production which is currently in development. I also look forward to getting back to writing about lots of issues in the news lately, which merit reflection. Be on the lookout for a bursting dam of commentary on politics, religion, and all the things that make me either joyful or furious.
And so looking out now over the vast see of pool tables here at the Rio, my parting words are — go ahead, give me a break.