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sabato 17 febbraio 2018

Poker Central, ESPN unveil 2018 World Series of Poker live broadcast schedule

Poker Central and ESPN released their preliminary live coverage schedule for the World Series of Poker (WSOP) Main Event, which will air start to finish everyday coverage from 2-14 July. On top of its daily WSOP Main Event coverage, ESPN will broadcast the Big One for One Drop from 16-17 July – a $1,000,000 buy-in tournament that takes place every other year. In addition to ESPN's coverage of the WSOP Main Event and Big One for One Drop, PokerGO will offer exclusive WSOP Main Event coverage that is not broadcast during ESPN windows while coverage aired on ESPN will not air on PokerGO. The full PokerGO WSOP streaming schedule will be announced at a later time.

"Last year, both ESPN viewership and PokerGO subscription numbers were very strong throughout the WSOP Main Event," said JR McCabe, chief digital officer of Poker Central. "This year, we're doubling down on live coverage of the World Series of Poker by adding the Big One for One Drop and bringing even more live poker to fans worldwide."

"ESPN has a long-running relationship with the World Series of Poker, and we are always looking for ways to bring viewers the most preeminent coverage," said Doug White, ESPN senior director, Programming & Acquisitions. "By doubling down on our broadcast and digital platform coverage, we're going to bring fans and viewers even closer to the sport's biggest events from all aspects and angles."

In this year's partnership between ESPN and Poker Central, ESPN will telecast at least 40 hours of live WSOP coverage, plus an additional 130 hours of originally produced episodes. ESPN comprehensive broadcast of the WSOP will continue through 2020.

"We're ecstatic that ESPN and Poker Central continue to raise the bar and deliver more live poker content to audiences across the globe," said Ty Stewart, executive director, World Series of Poker. "Fans today demand immediacy and wall-to-wall coverage, and this year's offering delivers on that."


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