ESPN announces 2012 WSOP television schedule

Posted by Steve Ruddock on May 09, 2012 Posted in TV Poker, WSOP News | No Comments »

There was a lot of 2012 World Series of Poker news announced on Tuesday. Not only did we have the media conference call where we learned about the rules changes and attendance expectations, as well as WSOP officials clarifying and answering a number of other questions, but ESPN also released their television schedule for the 2012 WSOP on Tuesday.

The 2012 television schedule will see only three events broadcast on ESPN, the World Series of Poker main event, the Big One for OneDrop $1,000,000 buy-in tournament, and the World Series of Poker Circuit Series National Championship. Not on the schedule are prestigious events like the $50k Players Championship, or any of the other preliminary events at the 2012 WSOP.

A total of 15 episodes will be aired on ESPN this summer, with two events using the live stream incorporated for last year’s Main Event final table. The WSOP Main Event will be the focal point as usual, taking up 12 of the 15 episodes ESPN will air; an even heavier emphasis than in years past.

Once again the commentary for the WSOP will be handled by Norman Chad and Lon McEachern, with Kara Scott handling interviews and commentary on the sidelines. There is no word yet if the duo will be joined by a third commentator –last year Antonio Esfandiari worked beautifully with Chad and McEachern during the live final table coverage.

The ESPN coverage will kick-off with a live-feed of the Big One for OneDrop final table (which will be shown on a 15-minute delay) on July 3rd; ESPN will then have a four week break before kicking off their weekly Tuesday-night coverage on ESPN. Here is a look at the complete television schedule for the 2012 WSOP on ESPN:

* July 3rd, 2012: 3 p.m., 8 p.m. The Big One For One Drop (live on 15 minute delay) on ESPN3/ESPN

* July 31st, 2012: 8-10 p.m. The Big One For One Drop

* August 7th, 2012: 8-10 p.m. WSOP National Championship

* August 14th, 2012: 8-10 p.m. WSOP Main Event

* August 21st, 2012: 8-10 p.m. WSOP Main Event

* August 28th, 2012: 8-10 p.m. WSOP Main Event

* September 5th, 2012: 8-10 p.m. WSOP Main Event

* September 11th, 2012: 8-10 p.m. WSOP Main Event

* September 18th, 2012: 8-10 p.m. WSOP Main Event

* September 25th, 2012: 8-10 p.m. WSOP Main Event

* October 2nd, 2012: 9-11 p.m. WSOP Main Event

* October 9th, 2012: 9-11 p.m. WSOP Main Event

* October 16th, 2012: 9-11 p.m. WSOP Main Event

* October 23rd, 2012: 9-11 p.m. WSOP Main Event

* October 30th, 2012: 9 p.m. WSOP Main Event Final Table (live on 15 minute delay)

In addition to the ESPN coverage, the World Series of Poker will stream every final table of each bracelet event; this coverage will be hosted by David Tuckman, who will undoubtedly be joined by a rotating group of poker players and poker personalities.

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