Today on The Final Table, we talked about the 2011 World Series of Poker, which began today and will continue for 7 weeks. The open questions are about how many players will show up and what effect Black Friday will have on tournaments and cash games. We also discussed the news from Full Tilt Poker that they’re still not ready to return funds to US players, and what the backlash could be from players who encounter Full Tilt (and Ultimate Bet) pros at the WSOP.

Our first guest was Lon McEachern, the play-by-play man for ESPN’s coverage of the World Series Of Poker. Lon explained how they’re expanding to include near-live online streaming of several events on — including the $25,000 Heads Up, the $50,000 Poker Players Championship, the Grudge Matches (Moneymaker/Farha, Chan/Hellmuth, and Chan/Seidel) and 6 days of the Main Event — in addition to the dozens of hours of televised coverage this summer and fall.

Next, Chris Krafcik joined us for updates on online poker legislation at the state level, which is moving forward faster than in the US Congress. He had information on new developments in Nevada, and explained why Missouri is unlikely to be among the first group of states to embrace intra-state internet poker.

Next week, we’ll have coverage of the first week of the World Series of Poker from the Rio in Las Vegas, with special guests!

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