The reruns are over, and the time is upon the poker community for new episodes of the World Series of Poker. ESPN spent countless hours at the 2009 WSOP in Las Vegas to capture all of the emotion and cards in three select tournaments of the 57 that took place, and that footage has been tweaked and edited in preparation for the airing of the new season. Beginning on Tuesday, July 28, ESPN will provide all new episodes of the 2009 World Series of Poker.
It was announced before the 2009 WSOP got underway that there would be a limited number of tournaments covered by ESPN cameras this year, and one of the events that would no longer be filmed was the $50,000 H.O.R.S.E., though in its place was the one-time only $40,000 No-Limit Hold’em 40th Annual WSOP special tournament. That event will kick off the coverage, as viewers will see 201 of the biggest and brightest names in the world of tournament poker compete for the $7.7 million prize pool and $1.9 million first place prize.
Following the $40K NLHE event on the ESPN schedule will be the Champions’ Invitational event that will showcase many of the past WSOP main event champions in a winner-take-all tournament for the glory of becoming the best of the best. Next to be broadcast will be the star-studded $5,000 buy-in Ante Up for Africa tournament, where celebrities and sports legends mixed it up at the tables for the benefit of charity in the event that was instigated and hosted by Don Cheadle and Annie Duke.
And rounding out the coverage will be 24 hours of $10,000 World Championship No-Limit Hold’em tournament, as 6,494 players took to the tables at the Rio in Las Vegas to play for the most prestigious poker title in the world. The programming will show the ups and downs of players as they attempted to survive day after day of tournament action to make it to the coveted November Nine, which will then be broadcast semi-live in November as it plays out to a live crowd at the Rio.
As the first episode prepares to air, ESPN coordinating producer Jamie Horowitz noted, “This one hour show is the proper beginning to what promises to be an exciting season of poker. There will be history-making moments, record-setting prize pools, and poker drama that only the WSOP can offer.”
All of the action begins on ESPN at 8:00pm EST on July 28, so set those recording devices to capture all of the action from the 2009 WSOP as hosts Norman Chad and Lon McEachern highlight the plays with their commentary.