ESPN Doubling TV Coverage of 2011 WSOP
By Ian Hiaring, Rakeback.com Poker News Staff Writer
ESPN announced Wednesday it would be offering an unprecedented look into the World Series of Poker this summer. Live hole cards (actually a 30 minute delay, but that’s a live as you’re gonna get) and added hours of coverage are coming from the network that made Chris Moneymaker a household name eight years ago.
In a first, ESPN is offering daily coverage of the Main Event on television with hole cards shown, and hands shown unedited. This coverage will be from two “feature tables” and promises to show all “all-in” and “call” moments from both tables.
ESPN will air the semi live coverage on ESPN2 for days 3-9 of the Main Event. Each night will have anywhere from 3.5 to 9 hours of coverage. The play will be on a 30 minute delay to ensure that no hand is truly broadcast live to eliminate any possibility that a player could use this to their advantage at the table.
- Thursday, July 14 (3.5 hours): 8:00 – 11:30 pm PT
- Friday, July 15 (3.5 hours): 8:00 – 11:30 pm PT
- Saturday, July 16 (9 hours): 12:30 – 7:00 pm PT and 9:00 pm – 12:30 am PT
- Sunday, July 17 (4.5 hours): 7:00 – 11:30 pm PT
- Monday, July 18 (5.5 hours): 4:00 – 7:00 pm PT and 9:00 – 11:30 pm PT
- Tuesday, July 19 (6 hours) 9:00 pm PT to conclusion (3:00 am PT max)
- Tuesday, July 19 (2 hours) 5:00 – 7:00 pm PT
As in the past, ESPN also plans to broadcast much of the action on its online stream, ESPN3, which is available to ISP partners of ESPN. The play on ESPN3 will be broadcast on a 5 minute delay, and will show no hole cards whatsoever.