Week In Review: Does everybody want to be a Pro?

In a new feature we look at what the poker world was talking about over the last seven days, starting with Pros, the Grinder and more.

What were we talking about?

You are usually 100% with Doug Polk, or you aint, but like his best friend Daniel Negreanu they usually get you picking a side on a debate. 

This week he suggested that the only way to protect and grow poker is to keep the dream of being a pro alive. Check out the comments to the tweets below and the audience is split on this one:

This writer agrees that poker always has to remain a beatable skill game as an absolute priority, but I think Doug vastly overestimates how big the aspiring professional market is and vastly underestimates how gigantic the playing for fun market is. Almost 6,000 people played in the Seniors event this year as just one example, you can't tell me more than a handful of them were wannabe pros. It's an understandable bias we all have, however, because the casual players are a mostly silent majority in this game.

Who were we talking about?

There is only one winner this week and it was the beast that is Michael Mizrachi winning his third Poker Players Championship title. Many are calling it the greatest feat ever at the WSOP or maybe even in poker overall:

What were we watching?

No surprise but the most watched Twitch stream by a mile was (and will be all Summer) the live free coverage of the WSOP by Poker Central which had almost 300,000 viewers this week alone. 

After that it was the PokerStars Twitch stream with this clip of a million dollar Spin & Goal win being the most viewed clip:

Over on YouTube, no real surprises again because it's WSOP time, but Daniel Negreanu's Vlog is the most watched thing of the week, the biggest single entry being this one with a guest appearance (kinda) from Phil Ivey:

What to look out for next week

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2017's Tag Champions Liv Boeree and Igor Kurganov

It's all about the WSOP of course with lots of big events taking place, but if you are looking for an interesting story next week I think the $1,000 Tag Team event which starts on Wednesday will probably summon up either feelgood stories or drama. 

You would have to assume that couple Kristen Bicknell and William Alex Foxen form a team following their recent back-to-back then heads-up heroics. Maybe Farzad Bonyadi will form a team with his bracelet winning mother? I think we can safely expect Chris Ferguson to form a team with Howard Lederer if Howie is in town. Then I'd also shrewdly suggest Phil Ivey and Daniel Negreanu might make a team too. 

We'll have to wait and see, but as poker is the most individualistic of games, the Tag Team usually has a few surprises. 

What were your poker highlights this week? Let us know in the comments:

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