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ESPN Launches Streaming WSOP Coverage
Poker fans around the world can now watch the WSOP Main Event unfold without being in Las Vegas.
Starting today, ESPN will stream “live” unedited video of the 2011 Main Event. The broadcast will be on a 30-minute delay and hole cards will be shown.
“We are introducing a variety of new elements to ESPN’s presentation of the World Series of Poker that will enhance our coverage and bring fans even closer to the action at poker’s premier event,” said Doug White, ESPN senior director of programming and acquisitions.
The coverage will alternate between two feature tables with every all-in and call situation shown if possible. There will also be several profiles of bracelet winners like Chris Moneymaker and Jake Cody.
Lon McEachern and David Tuchman will provide commentary for the broadcast with Kara Scott augmenting the coverage as a sideline reporter. Various poker pros will also stop by the broadcast booth to analyze hands and talk strategy.
The official WSOP telecast on ESPN with Norman Chad is still set to begin July 26 and will run for 16 consecutive weeks leading up to the November Nine.
This is the first year that ESPN’s coverage of the WSOP has been handled by Mori Eskandani’s POKER PROductions, which produced Poker After Dark, WSOPE and High Stakes Poker.
Meanwhile the new live broadcast is scheduled to run from July 14-19 and will be available on ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPN3.com.