ESPN expands WSOP coverage

Posted by Steve Ruddock on May 06, 2011 Posted in Poker News | No Comments »

In a huge announcement that could bring televised poker into a new era, ESPN has announced expanded coverage for the 2011 World Series of Poker, including 34 additional hours of Main Event coverage that will be broadcast nearly live, with a 30-minute delay mainly on ESPN 2.

The “live” hole-card coverage will be on a 30 minute delay, and will only be used for hands that make it to the flop –players hole cards will not be shown pre-flop.

Here is a look at the expanded coverage announced by ESPN:

ESPN2: A total of 32 hours

·    Thursday, July 14: 3.5 hours: 8-11:30 p.m. PDT (Footage gathered from 7:30-11 p.m.)
·    Friday, July 15: 3.5 hours: 8-11:30 p.m. PDT (Footage gathered from 7:30-11 p.m.)
·    Saturday, July 16: 9 hours: 12:30-7 p.m. PDT; 9-11:30 pm PT (Footage gathered 12-6:30 p.m. & 8:30-11 p.m.)
·    Sunday, July 17: 4.5 hours: 7-11:30 p.m. PDT (Footage gathered from 6:30-11 p.m.)
·    Monday, July 18: 5.5 hours: 4-7 p.m. PDT; 9-11:30 p.m. PDT (Footage gathered from 3:30-6:30 p.m. & 8:30-11 p.m.)
·    Tuesday, July 19: 6 hours: 9 p.m. to conclusion [3 a.m. PDT max] (Footage gathered from 8:30 p.m. until reaching November Nine)

ESPN: A total of 2 hours

·    Tuesday, July 19: 2 hours: 5-7 p.m. PDT (Footage gathered from 4:30-6:30 p.m.)

For more details on the upcoming ESPN coverage and further information on the hole-card delay you can check out the press release by ESPN.

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