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The 50th Anniversary edition of the World Series of Poker (WSOP) has been the talk of poker town since late last year. Towards the end of last month, the global poker brand had announced the complete schedule for the 2019 series with details of seven more events. Now, the live broadcast schedule of the WSOP Main Event, which is slated to run from July 3-16, has also been released by ESPN and Poker Central.
On February 13, ESPN and Poker Central announced that they will once again come together to provide poker audiences worldwide with the video coverage of one of the most anticipated poker festivals of the year. Both brands released a preliminary live telecast schedule for the WSOP 2019 series which includes the start-to-finish daily coverage of the WSOP Main Event.
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In addition to the preliminary broadcast, PokerGO will also offer exclusive WSOP Main Event coverage that will not be broadcast during ESPN windows. The complete PokerGO WSOP streaming schedule will be announced later.
ESPN will telecast at least 40 hours of live WSOP coverage, plus an additional 90 hours of originally produced episodes. Through Poker Central’s direct-to-consumer OTT service, PokerGO will also stream a collection of other WSOP bracelet events throughout the weeks leading up to the Main Event.
Talking about the collaboration with ESPN for the WSOP, Chief digital officer of Poker Central JR McCabe said, “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. We again look forward to bringing poker’s pinnacle event to fans around the world.”
ESPN’s Senior Vice President of programming and acquisitions Rob Temple reiterated McCabe’s sentiments and commented, “ESPN’s established relationship with the World Series of Poker and Poker Central always brings our audience the top content from this event. It is a consistent hit for ESPN and we take pride in the extensive broadcast coverage we provide the fans from this exciting, fan-favourite tournament.”
Meanwhile, WSOP Executive Director Ty Stewart expressed his gratitude for both broadcasting channels and expressing the importance of this collaboration he stated, “Significant video coverage is one of our key cornerstones. We’re grateful to Poker Central and ESPN for continuing to expand the reach of WSOP to today’s platforms and fuelling the interest of tomorrow’s champions.”
Nonetheless, the schedule that was announced by the WSOP on January 30 had a noticeable lack of online events. With the tournament organizers having previously said that this year’s schedule would feature more online events, there is a chance of more additions being made to the schedule leading up to the annual series.