Normally the whole tournament plays out in a week, with the winner being braceleted and the prize money being handed out at the end of the final table. The whole tournament is then shown on ESPN around four months later.
However, now they have decided to play down to the final nine and then four months later air the WSOP up until the final table, and then play the final table down to the winner, so that when the final table airs no one will be the wiser as to who wins.
This plan has a variety of flaws, so let's take a look at the Top 5 likely outcomes of the decision:
5. An 85-year-old player makes the final table and kicks the bucket in the four months leading up to the finale. Having made no provision for such an eventuality, ESPN just blinds the dead dude's chips out, much to the chagrin of his estate.
4. The nine players take four months with a professional negotiator to work out a chip-count chop and don't even play poker at the final table. Instead they play monopoly - with real cash.
3. Some lunatic makes it to the final nine. Knowing his only chance to win is to eliminate his competition, over the four months each one of his eight opponents falls to radiation poisoning, "car accidents" or "suicides" (or to accidentally brutally stabbing himself to death while shaving).
2. The "moneymaker" of this tournament who you see luckboxing his way one two-outer at a time to the final table takes those four months and his guaranteed ninth-place money and gets heavy coaching, only to emerge at the final table a decent player. First hand in, he runs his KK into AA and is out. KARMA'D SON.
1. The real reason for this plan is that they will be flying the final nine back in to Vegas two months BEFORE the final table airs. The final table will then live in the same house and star in a hit new series: Big Brother WSOP. Come on, co-ed final table!!!
In any case, if you're enough of a glutton for delayed gratification that you want to try making the final table yourself, find out how you can here.