Frustrated Matt Glantz Says He Might Skip Next Year's WSOPJune 25, 2015 5:08 am
US pro Matt Glantz has earned an impressive $5,870,899 from tournaments since 1999, and last year at the WSOP he cashed in 9 events for a total payout of $183,992. The Parx Casino Poker Ambassador is also a much respected member of the poker community, and when he speaks other pros take note. That is why it was interesting reading his recent interview with bluff.com in which he vents his frustration over this year’s WSOP in Las Vegas.
True, Glantz has cashed in only twice at the 2015 WSOP so far for $13,161 and he’s now been knocked out of the $50k Poker Players Championship in 16th place, just short of the money, but it’s not his results but the organization at this year’s Series which has caused Glatz the biggest disappointment. One of his major issues is not one to be taken lightly, either, and concerns easily marked poor quality playing cards being used at the tournaments, resulting in players actually identifying and calling out the cards during play. Furthermore, the cards apparently have small type making it difficult for players to identify the suits of community cards from the other side of the table.
Continuing his list of complaints, Glantz draws attention to the uneven nature of the lower buy-in mixed tournaments which he says allows too much play at the earlier stages and not enough at the later stages. This has exhausted many competitors resulting in them deciding to enter fewer events, and ultimately resulting in smaller field sizes.
Another chief concern of Glantz is the lack of excitement created by this year’s WSOP coverage, after the organization dropped PokerNews from the 2015 WSOP media and live reporting schedule. Glantz subsequently throws cashier cage issues and poor food quality into the mix, and as an extract of his open letter to the “WSOP powers that be; Ty Stewart, Jack Effel and Seth Palansky”, explains:
“The WSOP is losing its luster. I can honestly say this is the first summer I have ever had the thought that I might not come back next year. I might actually skip the WSOP. When talking about it with my peers I am hearing similar thoughts across the board. You should be greatly concerned. You should be scared.”