2018 World Series Of Poker Main Event Viewing Guide

June 27, 2018
2018 World Series Of Poker Main Event Viewing Guide

It’s been called the Granddaddy of them all, the greatest tournament in the world, and poker’s world championship. No matter what you call it, when the 2018 World Series of Poker Main Event kicks off on July 2, poker fans will find a variety of ways they can follow all the action.

Poker Central and ESPN are getting together again this year to provide tag team coverage for the WSOP. Fans can expect to see all the new characters and their epic storylines fully defined through wall-to-wall coverage throughout the event. ESPN and ESPN2 will telecast at least 40 hours of live Main Event coverage and PokerGO will add dozens more throughout the rest the thirteen-day tournament. Plus by following the live reporting on WSOP.com, or by checking in on Twitter, fans can go even more in depth.

World Series of Poker Main Event on ESPN

ESPN’s coverage of the World Series of Poker Main Event has been must-see TV for 15 years now. In 2017, the broadcast came as close to live TV than it ever has before. That new tradition continues this year, giving poker fans the ability to watch the Main Event for 13 straight days on ESPN and ESPN2 from July 2 – July 14.

There’s no hiatus this year, the Main Event kicks of early on July 2 and runs straight through until a champion is crowned. The final table will play out over three days almost live on ESPN, with coverage starting each night at 9 p.m. ET July 12 – July 14.

Coverage remains on a 30-minute delay as per Nevada gaming regulations.

WSOP Main Event ESPN Schedule

DateTime (ET)Event Channel
July 28 p.m. – 1 a.m.Main Event: Day 1AESPN2
July 38 p.m. – 11 p.m.Main Event: Day 1BESPN2
July 48:30 p.m. – 12 a.m.Main Event: Day 1CESPN2
July 510 p.m. – 12 a.m.Main Event: Day 2A/BESPN2
July 68:30 p.m. – 12 a.m.Main Event: Day 2CESPN2
July 76 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.Main Event: Day 3ESPN2
July 82 p.m. – 6 p.m.Main Event: Day 4ESPN
July 910 p.m. – 2 a.m.Main Event: Day 5ESPN2
July 108 p.m. – 11 p.m.Main Event: Day 6ESPN
July 1112:30 a.m. – 2 a.m.Main Event: Day 6 - Play to final tableESPN2
July 129 p.m. - TBDFinal Table - 9 to 6 PlayersESPN
July 139 p.m. - TBDFinal Table - 6 to 3 PlayersESPN
July 149 p.m. - TBDFinal Table - 3 Players to WinnerESPN

WSOP Main Event on PokerGO

PokerCentral’s subscription service PokerGO launched in May 2017 and immediately acquired the global television and digital media rights to the WSOP. They’re back again this year with WSOP live stream event coverage and a plan to show most of the World Series of Poker Main Event action ESPN misses due to its limited schedule.

A subscription costs $10 per month and allows you to watch the PokerGO WSOP Main Event coverage at home, on your PC or laptop, most streaming devices, or through the PokerGO app in the App Store or Google Play.

The same 30-minute delay per Nevada gaming regulations applies.

PokerGO WSOP Main Event Schedule

DateTime (ET)Event
July 31 a.m.Main Event: Day 1A
July 311 p.m.Main Event: Day 1B
July 512 a.m.Main Event: Day 1C
July 58 p.m.Main Event: Day 2A/B
July 612 a.m.Main Event: Day 2A/B
July 712 a.m.Main Event: Day 2C
July 79:30 p.m.Main Event: Day 3
July 87 p.m.Main Event: Day 4
July 98 p.m.Main Event: Day 5
July 102 a.m.Main Event: Day 5
July 102:30 p.m.Main Event: Day 6
July 1011 p.m. Main Event: Day 6
July 112:30 p.m. Main Event: Day 7

WSOP.com Live Reporting

Live poker streams are hardly safe for work. So, you’ll need a solid option when you can’t tune into ESPN or PokerGO. The WSOP.com live reporting powered by PokerNews is that option.

World Series of Poker Main Event live reporting follows various hands, eliminations, and in-depth storylines thanks to a team of bloggers on the WSOP floor. They’ve got up-to-date chip counts, photos, and videos as well. It remains the best way to stay informed as the WSOP Main Event plays out.

Watch out for PokerGO and ESPN spoilers though. The live reporting on WSOP.com isn’t subject to the same 30-minute delay.

Twitter Accounts Worth Following

Twitter is a great place to follow poker players throughout the World Series of Poker Main Event. Players will tweet everything from photos of their stacks, to interesting hands they were involved in, and even chip counts. Plus, some follow the Main Event as closely as media types and fans once their through. Providing fans with the real inside scoop.

Here are the best Twitter accounts to follow during the WSOP Main Event:

The players

Daniel Negreanu: Negreanu is a fun, entertaining and informative Twitter follow. He’s bound to let people know how he’s running in the event. Plus, he’ll follow it like a member of the media once he’s done. Negreanu also hosts a daily video blog throughout the WSOP with links on Twitter.

Phil Hellmuth: In between the celebrity name dropping and plugs for his new book #POSITIVITY, Hellmuth will likely keep his fans updated on his WSOP Main Event progress on Twitter. Once he’s done with playing he’ll probably be back on the ESPN set helping do some commentary. Plus, giving those same fans all kinds of behind-the-scenes insights.

Maria Ho: Ho has been the last woman standing in the WSOP Main Event three times and was inducted into The Women in Poker Hall of Fame this year. No one is a better bet to run deep and keep her followers informed the whole way.

Scott Blumstein: Blumstein won the Main Event in 2017. If you don’t love following along as this guy attempts to defend that title, you don’t love poker.

Media types

Norman Chad: Norman Chad is ESPN’s WSOP coverage and has been for the better part of the last decade and a half. He’s even punnier on Twitter, if that’s possible.

Lon McEachern: The play-by-play to Chad’s color. Although well known to be even more colorful online.

The official source

WSOP: This is the official source for World Series of Poker updates and news. And it’s run by Twitter giant Kevin Mathers during the WSOP. Need we say more.

The WSOP Main Event is always the best time of year for poker players and fans alike. Now, on traditional TV, live streams and on Twitter, there’s more ways to follow along than ever before.

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