This week on my poker radio show, The Final Table, Dennis Phillips and I talked with Lon McEachern (play-by-play guy for ESPN’s coverage of the World Series Of Poker), WSOP bracelet winner Mike Eise, and Joe “The Poker Coach” McGowan.

Lon explained how the coverage will be different this year, what he and Norman Chad looked for as they checked out the players during the Main Event, and why ESPN producers were rooting for Dennis to make it back to the final table. He also refuted several rumors about this year’s Main Event, including the claim that Phil Ivey refused to have his table become the Feature Table.

Mike won his bracelet in a $1,500 buy-in no-limit hold’em event, becoming the first St. Louisan to bring back some WSOP jewelry. He explained how he got there by being part of a poker club, and how he had to share his winnings (over $600k!) with the other players back home.

Joe offered his analysis of a big hand from the Main Event in which the two chip leaders went head-to-head. Billy Kopp was eliminated in that hand when his 5-high diamond flush lost to Darvin Moon’s queen-high diamond flush — but it was how the hand was played that caught our interest.

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