The World Series of Poker just put out a short video, practically a Vine, of the November Nine immediately after they survived the biggest bubble in poker to earn the right to come back in November to play for the $10M up top.
It’s a short, happy video which is just the beginning of the introduction to who these 9 dudes are that we’re going to spend over 15 hours watching live on ESPN later this year.
The question is – will the hype work? Can the WSOP, through all their channels and the airing of the edited Main Event, help get you invested in one of these 9 “characters” at the Main Event Final Table?
One semi-naysayer in this instance is Steve Ruddock who recently published an Op-ed about his thoughts on the N9 over on 4Flush.
Here, Ruddock suggests that while the November 9 has worked, on occasion, in the past that in order for the hype machine to really work – there needs to be something really worthy of the hype.
But the November Nine format itself doesn’t really work if there is nothing to promote, and this year there is really nothing to promote –nor was there very much last year.
If there’s no name to promote, is the hype machine worth firing up? Or is it that because there’s always likely NOT to be someone incredibly well-known the three month layover is a necessity to get people informed enough to tune into the final table?
Either way – Ruddock has an interesting take worth checking out but you can bet that the WSOP is going to be rolling out the backstories, early and often, of this eclectic group of international poker players that consist of the November Nine “Class of ’14”.
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