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October 25, 2018

Leaked ESPN Meeting Transcript Reveals Rejected Poker-Themed 30 For 30s

ESPN 30 for 30 Podcast Moneymaker

ESPN’s newest podcast, 30 For 30: All In: Sparking The Poker Boom, tells the story of the long odds that Binion’s and the poker industry overcame to kick off poker’s most successful period.

The story of how Moneymaker prevailed over insurmountable odds to (SPOILER ALERT!) win the 2003 WSOP Main Event and simultaneously manage to convince everyone his last name is “Moneymaker” is a modern day fairy tale. But apparently, it’s not a compelling enough story for a video documentary. Maybe Bob Ley was unavailable.

But the tale of the Tennessee idiot’s — Moneymaker’s words — rise to poker immortality wasn’t even ESPN’s first choice. BonusCodePoker was able to use our undeniable dominance in the poker industry to pull some strings and acquire the list of ideas that were rejected before ESPN settled on the Moneymaker poker boom topic.

Rejected ESPN 30 for 30 Podcast ideas

The list of documentaries that almost came to be is both interesting and emblematic of everything that is wrong with ESPN today. They are (in no particular order):

  • 30 For 30: It’s 2011 And Everyone Is Suddenly Broke
  • 30 For 30: Good For Poker: How Pros Convince Themselves They Are
  • 30 For 30: Cryptocurrency Revives The Poker Economy For About A Minute
  • 30 For 30: Pro Poker Players Are Pro Sports Bettors Now, They’re Pretty Sure
  • 30 For 30: Phil Hellmuth Gets Beaten Up and Other Things We Wish Would Happen
  • 30 For 30: 2 Fast 2 Rigged: The Story of How Online Poker Probably Isn’t Fair
  • 30 For 30: How the PPA Keeps Surviving Without Doing Anything
  • 30 For 30: A Chip and a Chair: The Story of Early Tournament Exits
  • 30 For 30: Integrity in Poker: The Life and Times of William Kassouf
  • 30 for 30: Hey, Remember Open-Face Chinese Poker?
  • 30 for 30: Send Him Out on a Stretcher: The Untold True Story of Dmitri Nobles
  • 30 for 30: Libratus: Looking for Love
  • 30 For 30: The Rise and Fall of Poker: How Poker In 2018 Is Only Worthy Of An Audio Documentary

Sadly, we will never get to hear these unique perspectives. It’s a shame that in any creative process, so many good ideas end up on the cutting room floor.

Also read: United States DOJ Kinda Just Waiting On A Slow Day To Shut Down Global Poker

Article credit: Pete Carter