ESPN Releases 2012 WSOP Schedule

Kara Scott

ESPN will televise three WSOP events this year including the Main Event, the Big One for One Drop and the WSOP National Championship.

In addition ESPN will offer an almost-live presentation of the Main Event final table that will be on a 15-minute delay.

The first-ever $1 million buy-in Big One for One Drop will also be presented in an almost-live format with a 15-minute delay.

It’s also the first time that ESPN has televised the National Championship. This year the 100 top players from the WSOPC will gain entry to the contest for free while the top 100 best WSOP players can buy-in for $10,000.

The National Championship will have a guaranteed prizepool of $1 million.

Norman Chad and Jack Effel

Tuesday Night Poker, No $50k Players Championship

Meanwhile the regular Main Event show will once again return to its Tuesday night time-slot at 8 p.m. ET. All but two of the 29 episodes will premiere on Tuesday.

“Fans know Tuesday night is poker night on ESPN,” said Doug White, ESPN senior director of programming and acquisitions.

“Beginning with the Big One for One Drop and the WSOP National Championship, and continuing on Tuesdays with the WSOP Main Event, we will set the stage for this intense competition and continue the excitement through the Final Table in October.”  

Long-time poker personalities Norman Chad and Lon McEachern will return as well as last year’s addition – roving reporter Kara Scott.

A noted absence on the ESPN schedule this year is the $50,000 Players Championship, which was likely passed on for the Big One.

“We’re disappointed,” said WSOP executive director Ty Stewart. “Obviously we don’t make all the programming choices.”

Interestingly, because it’s not televised, this year’s $50k Players Championship will be played out entirely in 8-game instead of switching to TV-friendly No-Limit Hold’em for the final table.

To see the complete 2012 WSOP broadcast schedule this year be sure to head over to ESPN.

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