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Tweet Relief: Poker's Big Three Blast WSOP Schedule
Phil Hellmuth made his reputation almost entirely from winning WSOP bracelets.
Daniel Negreanu and Phil Ivey have made it clear they're more focused than ever on winning bracelets these days.
So it was a surprise to see poker's "Big Three" take to Twitter yesterday to air some frustration with the 2013 WSOP schedule.
Negreanu got things rolling with a lament about the loss of some $10k Championships and game variations for the sake of multiple lower buy-in Hold'em events.
Ivey, Hellmuth and a variety of big-name pros quickly chimed in and took the WSOP to task for "focusing on numbers" and not "protecting WSOP history."
Fair dues? Check the tweets (and the WSOP's well-reasoned responses) below:
Something extremely sad to me about playing the ONLY stud tourney of the WSOP.The stud championship had amazing finals and now it is no more— Daniel Negreanu (@RealKidPoker) June 13, 2013
The WSOP never used to be so heavily focused on numbers. It was a festival of various poker games. The trend is disheartening.— Daniel Negreanu (@RealKidPoker) June 13, 2013
The WSOP used to be a place where people learned new games but now they don't have to learn anything but NL holdem it's offered daily.— Daniel Negreanu (@RealKidPoker) June 13, 2013
WSOP schedule was fantastic when we had 11 $10k championship events in all forms of poker yet still accommodated the big field NLH events.— Daniel Negreanu (@RealKidPoker) June 13, 2013
If that trend continues you will see guys like Ivey totally stop playing the WSOP and the prestige and brand weaken year by year— Daniel Negreanu (@RealKidPoker) June 13, 2013
I love the WSOP but agree with @realkidpoker about the schedule. We need to protect WSOP history and offer a balanced schedule— Phil Ivey (@philivey) June 13, 2013
Couldn't agree more @realkidpoker. I went from playing 25-30 events every year to 7 or 8 this year and last— Daniel Alaei (@dalaei) June 13, 2013
The #WSOP cannot be about Caesars Interactive making a billion dollars w their online poker site, it NEEDS to be FOR the players!— phil_hellmuth (@phil_hellmuth) June 13, 2013
I LOVE #WSOP!It's not about more Stud Hi events (2 is enough), rather its about balance, diversification, and $10K Championship events— phil_hellmuth (@phil_hellmuth) June 13, 2013
My last word on #WSOP: they are doing a great job year-to-year, and I believe if they changed a mere 4 events from Hold'em, then perfect!— phil_hellmuth (@phil_hellmuth) June 13, 2013
Appreciate input 2night. Value from all sources. Proud to have 1000+ in PLO/8OB last 2 days. Variety core to WSOP as is hearing your POV.ty— Ty Stewart (@wsopSUITd) June 13, 2013
@realkidpoker Agreed. Diversity foundation of WSOP. Mixed even in Oz. Will continue to refine offering + balance.— Ty Stewart (@wsopSUITd) June 13, 2013
@phil_hellmuth 100% agree on balance. We've got to bring new players in (who mostly want HE) and protect heritage of event to contest range— Ty Stewart (@wsopSUITd) June 13, 2013