WSOP Main Event to Air Live on ESPN

October 19, 2011

Due in part to the extremely successful coverage of the World Series of Poker this past summer, ESPN and WSOP officials have announced a change in the way the WSOP Main Event will be aired. Aside from a mere 15-minute delay, the WSOP will pretty much be televised live beginning November 6th when the final nine players vie for the coveted WSOP Main Event championship bracelet and first place title.

Viewers at home will be able to view the last leg of the $10,000 buy-in NLH WSOP Main Event at home as the action unfolds. There will be no need to watch online updates or wait for coverage to air later, which is huge for televised poker, especially since much of the televised poker series were previously cancelled this year.

The first place finisher will earn an $8.7 million payout, and the entire world will experience the win right along with those at the event, well only 15 minutes later anyway. There will be no need for spoiler alerts this year, as those watching on television will know the outcome about the same time the results are posted online. WSOP exec Ty Stewart said, ‚ÄúThis coverage shifts the paradigm for poker’s potential on television and will showcase our championship with unprecedented richness and scale.” He also said, “For the first time, we will truly be represented as live sport versus just being broadcast on a live sports network.”

The November Nine will commence play on November 6th at 11:30 a.m. at the Rio All-Suites in Las Vegas, Nevada. The final three will come back on November 8th at 5:00 p.m. until a winner is determined. Eight of the nine are guaranteed to become millionaires, while the 9th place finisher will leave with more than $780K.

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