Poker Central, ESPN Announce 2019 WSOP Main Event Broadcast Schedule
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With the 2019 World Series of Poker schedule mostly set, Poker Central and ESPN have released a preliminary live broadcast schedule that includes coverage of the Main Event from start to finish.
“Significant video coverage is one of our key cornerstones,” said Ty Stewart, executive director, World Series of Poker. “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.”
WSOP Action Returns to ESPN & PokerGO
ESPN and PokerGO will once again tag-team video coverage of the most anticipated poker series of the year, with ESPN broadcasting at least 40 hours of live coverage plus 90 more hours of original episodes. Like last year, subscription based OTT service PokerGO will be streaming additional event final tables leading up to the Main Event.
“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 JR McCabe, chief digital officer of Poker Central. “We again look forward to bringing poker’s pinnacle event to fans around the world.”
JR McCabe: “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.”
Dates and times for Main Event broadcasts on ESPN and ESPN2 are set, starting July 3 and running through the event's completion July 16. PokerGO will be providing exclusive Main Event coverage outside of the scheduled ESPN windows.
“ESPN’s established relationship with the World Series of Poker and Poker Central always brings our audience the top content from this event,” said Rob Temple, senior vice president of programming and acquisitions, ESPN. “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.”
The signature $10,000 buy-in Main Event World Championship will once again feature two-hour blind levels and three starting flights July 3-5. Players get more starting chips this year, up to 60,000 from 50,000 last year. ESPN coverage begins with Day 1 flights and continues through Day 7 on Friday, July 12 when the 2019 Main Event final table gets set, and on through until only one is left standing. Saturday, July 13 will be an off day for those fortunate to make the life-changing final table. The ESPN broadcast schedule for the WSOP Main Event follows:
ESPN Broadcast Schedule for 2019 WSOP Main Event
|Wednesday, July 3||8:30 p.m. - 2 a.m.||ESPN2||WSOP Main Event Day 1a|
|Thursday, July 4||9 p.m. - 11 p.m.||ESPN2||WSOP Main Event Day 1b|
|Friday, July 5||8 p.m. - 12:30 a.m.||ESPN2||WSOP Main Event Day 1c|
|Saturday, July 6||6 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.||ESPN2||WSOP Main Event Day 2ab|
|Sunday, July 7||2:30 p.m. - 6 p.m.||ESPN||WSOP Main Event Day 2c|
|Monday, July 8||10 p.m. - 2 a.m.||ESPN2||WSOP Main Event Day 3|
|Tuesday, July 9||7 p.m. - 11 p.m.||ESPN||WSOP Main Event Day 4|
|Wednesday, July 10||8 p.m. - 11 p.m.||ESPN||WSOP Main Event Day 5|
|Thursday, July 11||12:30 a.m. - 2 a.m.||ESPN2||WSOP Main Event Day 6|
|Friday, July 12||9 p.m. - 11 p.m.||ESPN||WSOP Main Event Day 7|
|Friday, July 12||11 p.m. - 2 a.m.||ESPN2||WSOP Main Event Day 7 (Play to Final Table)|
|Sunday, July 14||10 p.m. – TBD||ESPN2||WSOP Main Event Day 8 (9 to 6 Players)|
|Monday, July 15||10 p.m. – TBD||ESPN||WSOP Main Event Day 9 (6 to 3 Players)|
|Tuesday, July 16||9 p.m. – TBD||ESPN||WSOP Main Event Day 10 (3 Players to Winner)|
Note: Dates and times are subject to change
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