World Series of Poker Changes for 2012
There’s been some interesting changes to the schedule of the World Series of Poker for this year. ESPN has announced that it will be airing three events as part of it’s summer and fall schedule. In additional to the now traditional airing of the Main Event, the company plans to air the $1 million buy-in Big One for One Drop, and the National Championship.
The Big One, and the final table of the Main Event will be aired with a 15 minute delay, so viewers will be able to watch the hole cards in a broadcast that’s as live as it can possibly be.
Doug White, ESPN senior director of programming, said “Fans know Tuesday night is poker night on ESPN. Beginning with the Big One for One Drop and the WSOP National Championship, and continuing on Tuesdays with the WSOP Main Event, we will set the stage for this intense competition and continue the excitement through the final table in October.”
This year, the Main Event of the World Series of Poker will restart at the end of October, rather than the beginning of November, turning the November Nine into, well, the October Nine (or Fall Nine, since the final table could possibly span two months, depending on how quickly play goes).
The preliminary coverage will be aired with a five minute delay, and no hole cards shown. However the big final tables will show hole cards as mentioned previously. The 15 minute delay is to comply with gaming regulations.