Online poker has been in the news the last couple of months as different states debate on whether they should legalize online gambling or not. However, one of the biggest events on the poker scene is the World Series of Poker which is currently taking place. This year, the WSOP has not received a lot of coverage, as in previous years.
Jack Effel who is the tournament director for the World Series of Poker is more than happy with the how the tournament is going so far. Effel who has been tournament from 2005 was impressed with the number of participants as well as the results that have been coming forth. He is also the Vice President of International Poker Operations for Caesars Interactive Entertainment and was nominated earlier this year to the Tournament Directors Association Board of Directors.
In a statement, Effel said
It’s been a pretty calm series so far. One of the things I made a pact to myself was that I would try to resolve any outstanding issues that would arise up front. I want to make this the best experience possible for everyone coming to the World Series of Poker. There are a lot of little things that come up, from the lines, to various procedures in the tournaments, regulating the air conditioning and designating a different smoking area
The WSOP in recent years, has turned out to be one of the biggest and most popular tournaments on the global poker calendar. A large part of this recognition and popularity has been due the efforts and strategy that Effel has rolled out. One of the unique events that were held during this WSOP was the Millionaire Maker.
Effel stated that the Millionaire Maker was the major highlight of the WSOP till date and over 5000 players took part and ensured that the gambling halls were packed to capacity. Effel and his staff had to work round the clock to ensure that everyone hand a grand experience and there were no hiccups. This was the first time that an event like this took place and turned out to be a massive success.
Effel ended by saying
Obviously, the WSOP is a beast. It requires continuous maintenance and supervision. You have to be able to make judgment calls, think quickly and put out fires. It’s all about the player experience, making this WSOP the best we can. If there are things that we can do then we’re going to do that. Things that we cannot control we’re going to try to avoid, but when they happen we’re going to be right there to try and resolve them as soon as possible. All in all it’s been a great series, great numbers, a lot of buzz in the air