But I like it, as it allows the camera unobstructed views of all the players.
If the players who made the final table are like me—I’m not a big fan of the 1 and 9 seats—they must have liked it too.
• Speaking of the dealers, how strange is it that every single one of those used on the broadcast looks like a blonde sorority girl from the University of North Carolina?
The conversation between him and Daryll Fish about whether vultures “pounce” or “swoop” is oddly entertaining.
But Negreanu’s take on perfume ads—“a woman in the ocean,” “a sea lion”—and his creepy recitation of one of Matthew Mc Conaughey’s lines from —“I get older, they stay the same age”—are what get me laughing on the floor.
His attempt to rhyme “Australia” with “impale ya” is pretty awesome too.
ESPN’s 2015 World Series of Poker coverage began last night with the final table of the WSOP Circuit National Championship. And right in the middle of all this natural beauty is a casino? • Much is made of the fact that Daniel Negreanu is the oldest player at the table, and he certainly looks the part, with his eyeglasses frequently perched on the end of his nose.
Consider it the appetizer before the tasty entrée that is its Main Event coverage, which begins September 14. We also come to find out from one of his tablemates that Negreanu uses LARGE PRINT font for his text messages.
Here are some scattershot observations from watching the telecast: • The familiar theme music at the beginning should get any true poker fans’ blood flowing, but some viewers might get thrown off by the many pastoral shots in the background. Every year the “Kid Poker” nickname begins to seem a little more ridiculous, but Negreanu, we find out, is quick to defend it, citing 44-year-old “Kid Rock” as an inspiration.
The only neon you see is part of a breathtaking sunset.
• As fun as it is to see 2013 Main Event champion Ryan Riess sweating the action from the rail, it takes a back seat to the Amanda Leatherman sighting!
Formerly a Poker Wire reporter, a World Poker Tour host, and Negreanu’s girlfriend, she appears to have settled down in Asheville, North Carolina.