2011 WSOP Main Event to Be Broadcast "Live"
For the first time in televised poker history, ESPN will provide virtually real-time, same-day coverage of the 2011 WSOP Main Event including hole cards.
Starting July 14, ESPN will broadcast Days 3 through 8 of the 2011 Main Event on a 30-minute delay on both ESPN and ESPN2.
ESPN3.com will also broadcast action from those days on just a five-minute delay. ESPN3 coverage will not include hole cards, but the broadcasts on ESPN and ESPN 2 will indeed include hole cards in all post-flop situations.
Lon McEachern will be joined by David Tuchman for live play-by-play duties and pro players will be rotated in during programming to provide additional analysis.
Three More Events Covered
Prior to the Main Event, ESPN3.com will host three other events.
On June 2 it will host the series of WSOP Grudge Matches in their entirety on a five-minute delay, but without hole cards.
On June 3 the final of the $25,000 Heads-Up Championship will be broadcast and on July 6 the final table of the $50,000 Poker Players Championship will be broadcast in its entirety.
According to Ty Stewart, WSOP Executive Director:
"This is a historic milestone for ESPN and the WSOP.
"The addition of live event-style coverage with hole cards in July, and primetime shows leading up to the crowning of a champion in November, provide our fans more access than ever before, and we are extremely proud to be with a company dedicated to realizing the potential of the game."
Added well-known pro Barry Greenstein:
"This is a long-awaited step to get live poker on television, and it represents another good collaboration between Caesars, the WSOP Players Advisory Council and ESPN to create a production format that maintains the integrity of the tournament while giving fans what they want to see."
These live broadcasts will be in addition to the 32 hours of edited coverage that ESPN will provide on Tuesday nights from July 26-November 8.
In all, ESPN will host 158 hours of coverage of the 2011 WSOP over its family of networks.