Game of Thrones vs. World Cup at the World Series of Poker

Share:
16 June 2014, Created By: Alexander Villegas
Game of Thrones vs. World Cup at the World Series of Poker

It’s been an exciting 36 hours at the Rio, mostly due to things happening outside of the Rio.

Down in Brazil, the United States played Ghana in their opening 2014 World Cup game and emerged victorious, beating Ghana 2 to 1.

But before that, last night, millions of eyeballs switched from the felt to television and computer screens, where the Season 4 finale of Game of Thrones aired.

Today the Rio is abuzz with talk of both. It’s hard to determine which one is more popular at the moment, so we decided to conduct a 100 per cent accurate and scientific study to determine which event was more monumental at the WSOP.

Both events have their pros and cons in the poker world.

Game of Thrones is set in a fantasy world and therefore thrives in the poker world where many grew up playing Magic: The Gathering. It also appeals to players who are averse towards exercise, getting their heart rate up or just moving in general.

That being said, the World Cup appeals to those who gamble. Despite several requests, the sportsbooks refused to offer odds on the numerous battles during this season’s Game of Thrones.

The winner will be decided in the way of our GoT forefathers: Battle.

The Battle of Wardrobe


USJersey2

While we have seen the occasional GoT-related shirt, none were present in the field today. The World Cup wins this category uncontested.

Winner: World Cup

The Battle of Twitter:

Perhaps an analysis of what poker players at the WSOP are tweeting about will reveal the more popular fanatical pursuit.

Game of Thrones:

World Cup:


 

Things seemed to even so we went to the big guns. Both Phil Hellmuth and Daniel Negreanu -- who are usually quite vocal about these topics -- were suspiciously silent.

But then the man who’s usually silent spoke up to break the tie:

Winner: Game of Thrones

The Battle of Popular Opinion

With GoT and the USA tied at one each, we took the tournament area to ask what was more popular today. The resounding answer? Neither.

We’re at the World Series of Poker and what’s most popular among players and fans is, well, poker.

Today, the $10,000 6-max final table is what everyone has their eyes on. There were 264 players who signed up for the event and the final six standing were:

6max10kFT
Poker ended up killing off Game of Thrones and the World Cup.

  • Joe Cada
  • Max Silver
  • Dario Sammartino
  • Jeremy Ausmus
  • JC Tran
  • Erick Lindgren

Bracelet holders, November Niners, former World Champions, Italian poker stars, the final table had it all and the stands were stacked with railbirds.

Sammartino and Lindgren have since been eliminated but the remaining four players still have a tough battle ahead. There’s $670,041, a bracelet and an impressive resume addition to whoever manages to make it through the night.

Wildlings.

Share:

Bloggers

Matt Stout's Allinat420 Blog

Matt Stout's Allinat420 Blog

Online poker grinding and live tournament action with Matt “All In At 4:20” Stout.

Latest Posts Matt Stout's Page  
Jason Mercier Poker Blog

Jason Mercier Poker Blog

Million-dollar scores and the worldwide poker tournament circuit with Jason Mercier.

Latest Posts Jason Mercier's Page  
The Poker Reporter Blog

The Poker Reporter Blog

Poker news, gossip, parties, donkstrikery and functioning illiteracy with the PL.com crew!
Latest Posts  
Positively Nerd Street

Positively Nerd Street

Pr0n for the poker nerd. Hardware, software, gadgets, etc; like poker, but from the future.
Latest Posts  
The Guest Blog

The Guest Blog

A menagerie of poker pros, celebrities, poker writers and industry figures.
Latest Posts  
Matt ADZ124 Marafioti's Blog

Matt ADZ124 Marafioti's Blog

High-stakes cash, live tournaments and luxury lifestyle with Matt "ADZ124" Marafioti
Latest Posts  
Courtney Gee Poker Blog

Courtney Gee Poker Blog

Courtney Gee says goodbye to 9-5 jobs through the magic of poker.

Latest Posts  
Poker Joker

Poker Joker

PokerListings' daily dose of humor. Dont miss out! Check back Monday to Friday for your daily laugh.
Latest Posts  
Battle of Malta Blog

Battle of Malta Blog

Photo essays, player profiles, travel tips, off-the-cuff interviews and more from Battle of Malta!
Latest Posts