ESPN’s Taped 2011 WSOP Coverage Begins Tonight

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Fans of ESPN’s traditional taped coverage of the World Series of Poker can begin their summer ritual tonight starting at 8 p.m. (ET).

Tuesday Night will be "Poker Night" for the rest of the summer with two hours of coverage set to air every Tuesday between now and Nov. 8.

Only three events will be featured this year – the made-for-tv “grudge” matches between Johnny Chan/Phil Hellmuth and Sammy Farha/Chris Moneymaker, the $50k Players Championship and the $10k Main Event.

Lon McEachern and Norman Chad will again host the edited shows poker fans have become accustomed to with more action and all-in footage and heavy camera time for big-name pros. 

ESPN changed things up considerably this year by covering much of the action from the Main Event both live (without hole cards) and "semi-live" on a 30-minute delay (with hole cards for hands that went to a flop) starting on Day 3.

Two featured tables were shown with commentary by poker pros Olivier Busquet, Antonio Esfandiari and Phil Hellmuth along with hosts Lon McEachern and David Tuchman.

ESPN’s taped coverage will air in back-to-back shows from 8-10 p.m. ET until September 27 before switching to 9-11 p.m. from Oct. 4–Nov. 8.

Main Event coverage begins August 16; full schedule below:

  • July 26 - Johnny Chan v. Phil Hellmuth/Chris Moneymaker v. Sammy Farha
  • August 2 - $25k Heads-up No-Limit Hold’em Championship
  • August 9 - $50,000 Poker Players’ Championship
  • Aug. 16 - Nov. 1 - $10,000 Main Event
  • November 8 - $10,000 Main Event Final Table

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