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ESPN Announces Extended WSOP Coverage and Live Streaming

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The official network of the World Series of Poker, ESPN, has announced their enhanced filming schedule for extended coverage of 2011 WSOP Main Event. As in years past, coverage will feature unedited action and the Hole Cards camera, but this year, there will be an additional 34 hours of Main Event coverage.

The viewing schedule

Leading up to the Main Event, WSOP “Grudge Matches” will be streamed live on beginning Thursday, June 2nd.  The $25,000 Heads-Up No Limit Holdem Championship will follow on Friday, June 3rd, and the $50,000 Poker Players Championship will be covered on Wednesday, July 6th, all on a five-minute delay with no hole cards. The ESPN Tuesday night telecasts presented by Jack Link’s Beef Jerky with Lon McEachern and Norman Chad will begin July 26th and run for 16 consecutive weeks leading up to the November Nine final table on November 8, 2011.

Main Event coverage daily for six days

This year marks the first time, ESPN will offer daily coverage of the WSOP Main Event for six consecutive days, from July 14th through July 19th and will be available on ESPN, ESPN2 and direct from the home of the big event - the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. The high definition coverage will shift between the two final tables approximately every 30 minutes, and will show every “all-in” and “called” hand at both tables with viewers being able to watch the unedited hands, including the hole cards that will be available post-flop. To guarantee fans won’t miss a beat, the play-by-play commentary will continue to be handled by McEachern and Tuchman, along with a rotating stream of professional poker players stopping by to provide hand and play analysis.

Announcements on new, extended coverage

Announcing the new, extended coverage, Matthew Volk, ESPN manager of programming and acquisitions said, “For the first time viewers at home will have the best seats in the house for The World Series of Poker, poker’s premier event. Fans will see hole cards post-flop and get an inside look at all of the strategy, angst and competition of the world’s best players vying for a seat at the most prestigious final table in the sport.”

WSOP Executive Director Ty Stewart commented, “This is a historic milestone for ESPN and the WSOP. The addition of live event-style coverage with hole cards in July, and primetime shows leading up to the crowning of a champion in November, provide our fans more access than ever before, and we are extremely proud to be with a company dedicated to realizing the potential of the game.”

WSOP Players Advisory Council Barry Greenstein

Poker professional and member of WSOP Players Advisory Council Barry Greenstein added, “This is a long-awaited step to get live poker on television, and it represents another good collaboration between Caesars, the WSOP Players Advisory Council and ESPN to create a production format that maintains the integrity of the tournament while giving fans what they want to see.”

Even if you can’t be in Las Vegas this summer to see all of the exciting poker action in person, starting on June 2nd, poker fans from around the world can go to for complete on location WSOP coverage which includes; videos, podcasts, blogs and exclusive interviews with the top poker players.

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