Was Darvin Moon responsible for a spike in middle-aged white guys watching the WSOP this year?
WSOP TV broadcast numbers are holding steady.
“…more than 2.1 million viewers watched ESPN’s same-day coverage of the World Series of Poker, presented by Jack Link’s Beef Jerky, from Las Vegas on Tuesday, Nov. 10. The telecast earned a 1.8 household coverage rating in an average of 1,806,113 households, a slight decrease from the 1.9 rating earned for the 2008 finale.
ESPN’s 15-week schedule of World Series of Poker coverage in 2009 included 31 telecasts averaging a 1.0 rating, even with last year. However, averages for households (1,024,901) and viewership (1,228,008) increased nine and seven percent, respectively, from 2008, and the important Male 25-54 demographic saw a 13 percent jump from
Good to see more middle-aged white guys catching on to poker, at least.
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got some interviews with Joe Cada
and Darvin Moon
right after heads-up play wrapped at the 2009 WSOP Main Event
early this morning.
Moon seems in good spirits despite his loss…which $5M can magically do for you.
Just realized that like last year and 2006, the runner-up is going to end up with more money than the actual winner. In related news, who cares.
Great though Darvin ripping the interviewer for the question about the difference between first and second. Salty Darvin?
Who's the bigger winner tonight? Mikey!!!
The final table went about two hours longer than most of “us” figured. Darvin Moon
, a ginger logger, played better than many thought he was capable. “Some” might even say he outplayed Joe Cada
. But in the end, Cada prevailed, becoming the youngest WSOP Main Event
champ in history. (Side note: the above photo kind of has a Steve Dannenmann/Salty Joe Hachem feel to it, doesn’t it?)
As we noted earlier, while the final table itself was excruciatingly long, there was a ton of drama on key hands and a great storyline of Joe Cada coming from 2.3M in chips to become the eventual winner. Should easily be the most compelling final table from a TV perspective in poker history.
A flood of news from the past couple of days, so in case you missed anything, follow the links:
:: Darvin Moon said at the press conference that he had a criminal past and then told us he was “just kidding.” But he does. And then there’s this too. Just when you thought you didn’t know a guy…
:: This former Playboy model said her mouth could only fit so much. Hee-hee!
:: Dani “Ansky” Stern joins the Brunson 10.
:: The final final table Inside Deal.
:: Jeffrey Pollack‘s final 2009 WSOP vlog.
:: Mike Sexton‘s Poker Hall of Fame induction ceremony.
:: AlCantHang tweeted: “Dennis Phillips pounced upon Darvin Moon when he left the cage.” Which reminded us of this.
:: More of The Maven.
:: Dr. Pauly‘s play-by-play of the final table action.
:: And finally, thank you to whoever gave us our all-time favorite Google search hit: is phil ivey black. Really? You need Google for that?
Joe Cada became the youngest ever winner of the WSOP Main Event.
has won the 2009 WSOP Main Event
The 21 year-old Cada banks $8.5M for the win (although really after paying off his backers, Johnny Bax and Sheets, then paying off the Fed, it’s closer to 2.5Mish, but whatever). Cada is now the youngest ever WSOP Main Event winner, beating Peter Eastgate‘s record from last year.
Cada defeated Darvin Moon, a ginger logger, for the title.
Watch ESPN on Tuesday night to see how it all played out. Should make for great TV.
Because it’s already gotten buried on the site, below is the press conference from earlier today with Cada and Moon. According to the video, looks like Cada is about to hit the Palms and party up with the Maloofs. Have to say, we liked his answer on being an ambassador for the game and we hope he follows through.
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The scene inside the Penn & Teller theater right before play begins.
Quick photo dump from the 2009 WSOP Main Event
Lots of big pots. As of post time, Joe Cada is around 112,000,000 and Darvin Moon is at 82,000,000.
In related news, this awesome tweet from Barry Greenstein:
Linda Tran is the current dealer and she is beautiful and Asian. More incentive for me to final table next year.
And oh yeah, that is Vince Neil doing “shuffle up and deal.”