Today on the Final Table, we discussed the sale of Harrah’s St. Louis to Penn National Gaming. The sale won’t be complete until the end of this year, but we tried to answer some questions about why Harrah’s is pulling out of the market, what it means for future WSOP Circuit events, and what effect the sale will have on poker players in this area.

Next we analyzed some rule changes that were announced today for the World Series Of Poker (which begins in 3 weeks in Las Vegas) including lifting some restrictions on what you can and can’t say while you’re in a hand and what you can do once you’ve won it. We also revealed the plans for ESPN’s coverage of the WSOP, and how you can use your Total Rewards points to enter WSOP events or earn comps with your buy-ins.

Then Bernard Lee joined us to talk about the Direct TV broadcasts celebrating the 5th anniversary of his poker radio show, and offer some advice for anyone who will play their first-ever WSOP tournaments this summer at the Rio in Las Vegas.

Finally, Michael Hirschensohn, a friend and business associate of the late Amarillo Slim, joined us to shed more light on what was behind the charges against Slim in 2003 that turned him into a pariah in the poker industry — including some facts from the case that haven’t been revealed before regarding the prosecutor, the woman who was in it for the money, the court-ordered psychiatrist who examined Slim, and comments from his old friend Doyle Brunson. [If you missed our 2009 interview with Slim, in which he candidly discussed this case and much more, click here]

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