Harrah's Seth Palansky Joins the PocketFives Podcast

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In a controversial move made by one of the world's casino giants, Harrah's Entertainment pushed back the 2008 World Series of Poker Main Event final table. The move has resulted in praise and outrage. This week, the PocketFives.com Podcast welcomes one of the men behind the decision, Harrah's Communications Director Seth Palansky.

To have a promotional platform to push towards makes a big difference in any marketing game plan. This will allow 117 days to allow the public to get to know these nine finalists.

In one of the biggest changes in the history of the World Series of Poker, Harrah's Entertainment announced that the final table of the 2008 Main Event will be filmed on November 9th in order to coincide with its television airing. In essence, the world will wonder for over 100 days who will win poker's most prestigious crown. Harrah's Communications Director, Seth Palansky, breaks down the decision this week on the PocketFives.com Podcast.

Palansky reassures players that much deliberation went into the decision to push filming back 100 days: "We had over a year of research and analysis. We didn't come to the decision lightly. It affects less than one-tenth of 1% of Main Event participants. The discussion it has generated so far proves that it's a worthy shot in the arm for poker." The move has gotten the entire online poker forum at PocketFives.com talking.

One of the biggest benefits of the change is that months of build-up can now occur: "To have a promotional platform to push towards makes a big difference in any marketing game plan. This will allow 117 days to allow the public to get to know these nine finalists."

In the world of online poker rankings, Costa Rica's "lucky seven" took home nearly $48,000 upon winning the PokerStars $200k Guaranteed Sunday Second Chance tournament. "Lucky seven" has been a force at high-stakes online tables for four years and could be on his way to a worldwide ranking soon. "JohnnyCashout" won the Ultimate Bet $200k Guaranteed for $45k recently, and long-time tournament player Eric "basebaldy" Baldwin added $23,600 to his online poker bankroll after taking down the Bodog $100k Guaranteed.

This week's worldwide rankings update features Daniel "djk123" Kelly moving up two spots to #5 following his second place finish in the UB $200k Guaranteed for $27k. His recent final table in the PokerStars $1k Super Tuesday tournament was good for another $28,500. Former #1 ranked player Cliff "JohnnyBax" Josephy has moved up five spots to #14 in this week's rankings, following yet another impressive week at the virtual tables. Cliff finished 3rd in the PokerStars $200 Sunday rebuy for $22,700, and also has a recent final table in the $100 rebuy for nearly $20k. PocketFiver "CrazyZachary" is closing in on a Top 50 ranking thanks in large part to his recent final table appearances in the Full Tilt Poker $65k Guaranteed and the PokerStars $1k Super Tuesday.

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