It's strange that such an event would be held on a stage. There are TV cameras and lighting rigs making it pretty difficult to see the action from the crowd. We think that the Absinthe tent or somewhere else in the round would make more sense for live viewing. Alas, the WSOP is now an event that is made for television. Most people were just watching on the big screens set up to the sides of the theater. To be frank, watching the WSOP live was similar to watching football at the sportsbook with the exception that the players could hear the cheers. Watching the WSOP live was a cool experience, but not the most riveting. The energy from the crowd definitely helps keep the game entertaining while the players are trying to remain focused. Watching televised poker makes the game look a lot more action packed.
A fun item of note: Ben Lamb, from Las Vegas, was always referred to as "Ben." Every time he folded (which was a lot), the MC would say "Ben Folds." We're pretty sure not many people at WSOP are familiar with the musician Ben Folds, but we chuckled every time we heard this.
Entry to the WSOP is free and if you're in Vegas for the final table on Tuesday it's definitely worth checking out for the experience. We imagine that the final 3 of Heinz, Lamb and Staszko will provide a little more action packed than the beginning of the November Nine had on Sunday, although Heinz has such a large chip lead he may just bully the other players around. Check WSOP.com for more info on how to get in.