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ESPN and Poker Central have announced the preliminary schedule of the live coverage of the 2018 Main Event of the World Series of Poker. Beginning on July 2 and continuing every day through the conclusion of the event on July 14, ESPN will air no less than 40 total hours of live play across both their ESPN and ESPN2 channels. This year, ESPN is adding to their hours of poker coverage by showcasing the massive $1,000,000 buy-in Big One For One Drop tournament immediately following the Main Event on July 16-17. “ESPN has a long-running relationship with the World Series of Poker, and we are always looking for ways to bring viewers the most preeminent coverage,” said Doug White, ESPN senior director, Programming & Acquisitions. “By doubling down on our broadcast and digital platform coverage, we’re going to bring fans and viewers even closer to the sport’s biggest events from all aspects and angles.” For all of the action that ESPN doesn’t cover, Poker Central’s PokerGO paid streaming service will be providing hours of auxiliary action. While the PokerGO schedule for the World Series of Poker will be announced at a later time, fans can expect plenty of additional hours of in-depth coverage, as they provided in 2017. “Last year, both ESPN viewership and PokerGO subscriptions numbers were very strong throughout the WSOP Main Event,” said JR McCabe, chief digital officer for Poker Central. “This year, we’re doubling down on live coverage for the World Series of Poker by adding the Big One for One Drop and bring even more live poker to fans worldwide.” In addition to the live coverage, ESPN will continue to produce the more traditional episodic re-telling of how the Main Event unfolds. “We’re ecstatic that ESPN and Poker Central continue to raise the bad and deliver more live poker content to audiences across the globe,” said Executive Director of the World Series of Poker Ty Stewart. “Fans today demand immediacy and wall-to-wall coverage and this year’s offering delivers on that in spades.” The current contract between ESPN and the World Series of Poker is currently slated to continue through 2020. DATE TIME EVENT NETWORK July 2 8:00 PM - 1:00 AM ET Main Event: Day 1A ESPN2 July 3 8:00 PM - 11:00 PM ET Main Event: Day 1B ESPN2 July 4 8:30 PM - 12:00 AM ET Main Event: Day 1C ESPN2 July 5 10:00 PM - 12:00 AM ET Main Event: Day 2A/B ESPN2 July 6 8:30 PM - 12:00 AM ET Main Event: Day 2C ESPN2 July 7 6:00 PM - 10:30 PM ET Main Event: Day 3 ESPN2 July 8 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM ET Main Event: Day 4 ESPN July 9 10:00 PM - 2:00 AM ET Main Event: Day 5 ESPN2 July 10 8:00 PM - 11:00 PM ET Main Event: Day 6 ESPN July 11 12:30 AM - 2:00 AM ET Main Event: Day 7 ESPN2 July 12 9:00 PM - END ET Main Event: Day 8 ESPN July 13 9:00 PM - END ET Main Event: Day 9 ESPN July 14 9:00 PM - END ET Main Event: Day 10 ESPN July 17 12:00 AM - 2:00 AM ET Big One for One Drop: ESPN2 (Live) ESPN2 July 17 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM ET Big One for One Drop: ESPN2 (Replay) ESPN2 July 17 9:00 PM - END ET Big One for One Drop: ESPN2 (Live) ESPN2 July 21 11:00 PM - 1:00 AM ET Big One for One Drop: ESPN2 (Replay) ESPN2
Start making room on your DVR because the World Series of Poker will once again be taking over your TV this summer. ESPN and Poker Central have released their preliminary schedule for their top-to-bottom live broadcast of the 2019 WSOP Main Event. The WSOP Main Event, which takes place July 3 - July 16, will be featured for over 37 hours on ESPN’s networks of channels leading up to the live televised final table. The coverage will capture action from every starting flight, beginning with Day 1A, and continue all the way through the conclusion of the final table. Additional, as yet unannounced, coverage of the Main Event will also be broadcast on Poker Central’s streaming service PokerGO. “For the third straight year, Poker Central and ESPN will deliver expansive coverage of the WSOP Main Event to a continually growing audience across multiple platforms,” said Chief Digital Officer of Poker Central, J.R. McCabe. “We again look forward to bringing poker’s pinnacle event to fans around the world.” “ESPN’s established relationship with the World Series of Poker and Poker Central always brings our audience the top content from this event,” said Senior Vice President of Programming and Acquisitions for ESPN, Rob Temple. “It is a consistent hit for ESPN and we take pride in the extensive broadcast coverage we provide the fans from this exciting, fan-favorite tournament.” In a year over year comparison, there will be an additional 3.5 hours of live coverage dedicated to the Main Event in 2019 over last year. In addition to the live broadcast schedule of the Main Event, including the start-to-finish airing of the final table, ESPN has plans to air an additional 90 hours of produced coverage of the WSOP. ESPN/ESPN 2 Broadcast Schedule for the 2019 WSOP Main Event DATE TIME NETWORK EVENT 07/03 8:30 PM - 2:00 AM ESPN2 WSOP Main Event Day 1A 07/04 9:00 PM - 11:00 PM ESPN2 WSOP Main Event Day 1B 07/05 8:00 PM - 12:30 AM ESPN2 WSOP Main Event Day 1C 07/06 6:00 PM - 10:30 PM ESPN2 WSOP Main Event Day 2AB 07/07 2:30 PM - 6:00 PM ESPN WSOP Main Event Day 2C 07/08 10:00 PM - 2:00 AM ESPN2 WSOP Main Event Day 3 07/09 7:00 PM - 11:00 PM ESPN WSOP Main Event Day 4 07/10 8:00 PM - 11:00 PM ESPN WSOP Main Event Day 5 07/11 12:30 AM - 2:00 AM ESPN2 WSOP Main Event Day 6 07/12 9:00 PM - 11:00 PM ESPN WSOP Main Event Day 7 07/12 11:00 PM - 2:00 AM ESPN2 WSOP Main Event Day 7 (Play to Final Table) 07/14 10:00 PM - TBD ESPN2 WSOP Main Event Day 8 (Nine to Six Players) 07/15 10:00 PM - TBD ESPN WSOP Main Event Day 9 (Six to Three Players) 07/16 9:00 PM - TBD ESPN WSOP Main Event Day 10 (Three Players to Winner) * all times Eastern “Significant video coverage is one of our key cornerstones,” said Executive Director of the World Series of Poker, Ty Stewart. “We’re grateful to Poker Central and ESPN for continuing to expand the reach of WSOP to today’s platforms and fueling the interest of tomorrow’s champions.” The World Series of Poker, headed into its 50th year, will feature 80 live gold bracelet events beginning on May 29. In recent years, many of the final table’s of bracelet events have been featured either on PokerGO or on a livestream available on the World Series of Poker website. A complete streaming schedule is expected to be announced at a later date. READ: Everything You Need To Know About The 2019 WSOP