"If you took a poll of the H.O.R.S.E. players here today, 95% of them would tell you that
they would prefer to keep playing the mixed game at the final table," says ESPN analyst Norman Chad. The switch will present some interesting challenges to ESPN, which has only dabbled in presenting
games other than Hold 'em.
In 2004, the net broadcast different games, but the number has been scaled back as tournament coverage focuses on the more familiar Texas Hold 'em. "I think it just came down to Hold 'em being more popular to the viewership," says Lon McEachern, Chad's broadcast partner in the ESPN booth. "It's easier to watch, because people understand it more."