“For the first time viewers at home will see a poker telecast from start to finish, with all the strategy of world-class poker players playing in real time and completely unedited,” said Matt Volk, ESPN manager, programming and acquisitions.
ESPN3.com will begin HD coverage with a one-hour, unedited delay at 5 p.m. ET Jan. 15 with ESPN2 HD joining in with a simulcast beginning at 10 p.m.
"This is one of the most exciting announcements ever in televised poker," said PokerStars.net North America Regional Marketing Director Joe Versaci.
"This is the first time people watching online or on TV will be able to see everything that happens at a poker table. So much happens in poker that never makes it to the final TV edit, but this will show exactly how top-level players go about winning a massive tournament.
"There’s so much money on the line – it’s going to be gripping.”
The $10,000+$300 PCA main event runs Jan. 8-15 at the Atlantis Hotel and Resort on Paradise Island in the Bahamas and organizers are expecting a prize pool in the $20 million range with a $2 million first prize.
PokerListings.com will have live updates of the entire event from start to finish in our Live Coverage section.