ESPN to Air 2011 Main Event Final Table “Almost Live”

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in what marks the most significant change since moving to the November Nine format four years ago, the WSOP and ESPN have announced that the 2011 WSOP Main Event final table will air “almost live.”

Every hand of the final table will now be shown on both ESPN and ESPN2 plus the ESPN3.com streaming broadcast on just a 15-minute delay with hole cards shown immediately after the hand is over.

As with the coverage on ESPN this summer, live commentary will also be provided although the announcers are yet to be determined.

Among the commentators who made apperances this summer were Antonio Esfandiari, Olivier Busquet and Phil Hellmuth.

In another slight shift of the November Nine format, the WSOP and ESPN also announced that three players will now return for the final day of action as opposed to the usual two that have returned to play heads-up.

To accommodate the shift in the coverage plan, the WSOP has also altered the dates for the November Nine slightly.

Final-table action will now begin at the Penn and Teller Theatre at the Rio in Las Vegas on Sunday, Nov. 6 at 11:30 a.m. and will play down to the final three.

Those three players will then return on Tuesday, Nov. 8 at 5 p.m. and play down to a champion.

“This coverage shifts the paradigm for poker’s potential on television,” WSOP Executive Director Ty Stewart explains, “and will showcase our championship with unprecedented richness and scale.

“For the first time, we will truly be represented as live sport versus just being broadcast on a live sports network.”

PokerListings.com will be live on the scene at the Rio and will be providing live updates table-side. Follow along with our WSOP Main Event live updates here.

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