Broadcast Schedule For WSOP 2018 Released6 months ago
The official broadcast schedule for this year’s upcoming WSOP has been released - you’ll be able to follow the biggest poker series of the year on ESPN, ESPN2 and PokerGO.
The World Series of Poker itself is kicking off on May 30th, but the action won't get on ESPN's airways until the biggest tournament, the $10K Main Event starts. You will be able to watch that from the very beginning, even Day1 will be broadcast from the series' usual venue the Rio All Suite Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, NV with a 30-minute delay, starting on July 2nd at 8 pm EST on ESPN2 - the coverage will go on until 1 AM the next day.
The first time the WSOP will make it to ESPN’s main channel will be on July 12th, when play at the Main Event final table is set to start. This is the second year in a row when ESPN is not insisting on having a "November Nine" - meaning the final full-ring being held in the fall - and thus the Main Event champion is going to be crowned in July again, sparing players a 4-month break in what is possibly the biggest tournament of their lives.
As we reported it earlier, the $1 million buy-in Big One for One Drop is returning this year. The high roller event will be airing in its entirety on ESPN2, July 16th-17th. This tournament is sure to attract the poker world’s very best who can battle it out in front of a national TV audience - the last time it was held in 2014, it was won by Dan Colman who pocketed over $15 million for his victory.
The online poker streaming service PokerGO will also provide coverage of the World Series to their paying subscribers. Their broadcast schedule is yet to be announced, but one thing is sure: them and ESPN will not broadcast the Main Event simultaneously; and both ESPN and PokerGO will feature plenty of exclusive footage not aired on the other platform.
“We’re ecstatic that ESPN and Poker Central continue to raise the bar and deliver more live poker content to audiences across the globe. Fans today demand immediacy and wall-to-wall coverage and this year’s offering delivers on that in spades” - said WSOP Exclusive Director Ty Stewart in the official press release.
ESPN WSOP Broadcast Schedule, from the WSOP’s official website:
|2-Jul||8:00 PM – 1:00 AM ET||WSOP Main Event: Day 1A - ESPN2|
|3-Jul||8:00 PM – 11:00 PM ET||WSOP Main Event: Day 1B – ESPN2|
|4-Jul||8:30 PM – 12:00 AM ET||WSOP Main Event: Day 1C – ESPN2|
|5-Jul||10:00 PM – 12:00 AM ET||WSOP Main Event: Day 2A/B – ESPN2|
|6-Jul||8:30 PM – 12:00 AM ET||WSOP Main Event: Day 2C – ESPN2|
|7-Jul||6:00 PM – 10:30 PM ET||WSOP Main Event: Day 3 – ESPN2|
|8-Jul||2:00 PM – 6:00 PM ET||WSOP Main Event: Day 4 – ESPN|
|9-Jul||10:00 PM – 2:00 AM ET||WSOP Main Event: Day 5 – ESPN2|
|10-Jul||8:00 PM – 11:00 PM ET||WSOP Main Event: Day 6 – ESPN|
|11-Jul||12:30 AM – 2:00 AM ET||WSOP Main Event: Day 7 – ESPN2 ***Play to final table|
|12-Jul||9:00 PM – END ET||WSOP Main Event: Day 8 – ESPN *** Nine to six players|
|13-Jul||9:00 PM – END ET||WSOP Main Event: Day 9 – ESPN***Six to three players|
|14-Jul||9:00 PM – END ET||WSOP Main Event: Day 10 – ESPN***Three players to winner|
|July 16 (July 17)||12:00 AM – 2:00 AM ET||WSOP Big One for One Drop: ESPN2 (Live)|
|17-Jul||7:00 PM – 9:00 PM ET||WSOP Big One for One Drop: ESPN2 (Tape replay)|
|17-Jul||9:00 PM – END ET||WSOP Big One for One Drop: ESPN2 (Live)|
|21-Jul||11:00 PM – 1:00 AM ET||WSOP Big One for One Drop: ESPN2 (Tape replay)|
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