Seth Fallonski talks about scheduling, growing poker, and frustrating mathematicians

The Poker World Series on Tuesday announced the full schedule of the 2016 series, and poker players have begun making itineraries and travel plans.

In addition to the schedule, WSOP officials also announced changes to the scheduled start time, blind structure, and payment structure. Some of the changes were previously hinted at, while other changes, such as moving Little One to a drop after the start of the main event, were unexpected.

WSOP Vice President Seth Fallonski chatted with Casino City to talk about the 2016 series and some changes players can expect this summer.

This interview has been edited for clarity and length. 에볼루션 바카라사이트

Casino City: We’ve pushed back the start time of most events by an hour. Can we talk about the decision-making process for the start time of the tournament?

Seth Palansky: It’s tricky. Our top priority is to increase engagement and get new players to the event. When we talk to people who don’t play poker, people say, “Your time is crazy. Why would I want to stay up until 2 or 3 a.m.? Why don’t you start at 8 or 9 a.m., just like I have to be at my job?” When you say, “Well, poker doesn’t work that way,” their answer is, “Then don’t expect me to play it.” We’ve looked through everything hard, and we’ve even significantly shortened the number of days we play, keeping them from 8 or 9 p.m. every night. In some ways, we think we need drastic changes, like these non-native poker players are suggesting. But let’s just say we didn’t have the courage to go there this year and eventually decided to start an hour earlier to get people out earlier.

CC: If you’re talking about the possibility of a sudden change, how do you measure the impact of this change? How will it tell you what you’re doing in the future?

SP: We’re sure adjusting things by the hour won’t make much of a difference depending on who shows it or who doesn’t. If we take more drastic action, we’ll see that it curves learning for three years, adjusts people who have complaints, and that type of schedule will appeal to more people. Last year, 35.4 percent of the entries came on a 10 a.m. flight. (Editor’s note: Millionaire Maker, Monster Stack, Seniors and Super Seniors started their flights at 10 a.m., while three – Little One for One Drop, Lucky 7s, and Coselus – flew at 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.) If the money is accurate and the event is appropriate, there is no problem getting there at 10 a.m. For Seniors events, people say that 10 a.m. is too late. We also have to balance these events with the fact that we have contestants who are used to working for certain hours, and it’s too much to change just a few hours early for one day.

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