(Canada Cal here, checking in for Haley while she's on medical convalescence...)
Just watching the U.S. Golf Open on ESPN --- which we do get up here, and it's the same as the U.S. feed --- and I noticed a commercial for Absolute Poker, featuring site spokesboobs Serinda Swan getting all jiggly trying to entice players to sign up and play. Now that's cool and all, but I've been surfing around the Web snortin' up all the latest WSOP reports, and it looks like all official "WSOP" and "Harrah's" signage just isn't to be found any more on sites that are covering the WSOP but still accept business from online sites servicing U.S. players, such as Absolute.
Money talks, yessir, which means that I really doubt that ESPN will run into any difficulties whatsoever with using whatever WSOP or Harrah's brandage it feels like using. It still makes whatever reasons Harrah's might have as being kinda vague and hollow, though: there's something called a "clean hands" legal concept that seems to not be in use here very much, meaning that the only reason one would have for not using official WSOP stuff might be the prospect of losing future business with Harrah's. Up here in Thunder Bay we not only believe that what's good for the goose is good for the gander, we also know what the goose and gander actually are.
From part way up the food chain, this is Canada Cal, checking in for Haley and now checking out. Now it's back to the golf, to see where Mike Weir might be. Except he's a lefty with a nervous tic, not very Canadian at that...