With the news that they would broadcast the World Series of 안전놀이in High Definition, ESPN got a reaction – maybe unexpected – from the host himself, Norman Chad.  According to this news article, Norman Chad couldn’t understand why.

For poker?” Chad asked rhetorically this week in an interview with the Los Angeles Daily News. “We need to see high def on the queen of hearts? She looks good even in black and white.”

Chad, a former writer for The Washington Post, often delivers biting comments about the players (and their play) on the poker series. But it appears that his acerbic barbs go beyond the participants and into the production booth.

“High def would have been great for Neil Armstrong planting a flag on the moon. But for the flop on a 3-6-10? Maybe I’m behind the curve,” he told The Daily News.

Now I would not call myself as being anti HDTV.  In fact, the whole idea blows me away.  It is probably obvious to you at this point that I still do not have HDTV – not that I do not want to have one.  Maybe that is why I am tending to agree with Norman Chad.  Why the heck would you need to watch WSOP in HD?

Then again, there is the argument that it is not all about need but want.  I suppose this is where ESPN is going to score points.  I don’t know.  Ask yourself – is the price of HDTV worth watching poker in it?

Titan Poker ECOOP

For those who are looking for some winter poker action, you need not look any further.  This November, Titan Poker is bringing the European Championship of Online Poker.  It is slated to run for 10 days, starting at the end of November.  Dubbed to be the largest online poker tournament, poker players will get the chance to win $2.5 million in guaranteed total prize money.   The main event, scheduled to be held on the 9th of December, will have $1 million up for grabs for the best poker player in this tournament.

Poker games will be either be No-limit Texas Hold ‘Em Poker, Limit Texas Hold ‘Em Poker, Omaha Hi/Lo R/A, and Pot-Limit Omaha R/A.  There will be a total of 10 events, with the winner of each event winning a considerable cash prize as well as an ECOOP bracelet, much like the bracelets given to WSOP winners.  As an added incentive, the top 50 players of the whole event get to play in a $50,000 freeroll which will be held on the day after the main event.

You can join the ECOOP with buy ins of as low as $100+$9.  You can also qualify for the tournament by playing in their qualifiers – the first of which has already started.  The next qualifying period will begin on the 10th of September.  Buy ins for these events are as low as $2+20 cents.

If you think that you have a good chance of winning large amounts of money, visit Titan Poker now.  Even if you don’t , just go ahead and join anyway and have lots of fun.