LIVE FROM LAS VEGAS: WSOP Releases Main Event Broadcast Schedule

March 3, 2020
LIVE FROM LAS VEGAS: WSOP Releases Main Event Broadcast Schedule

Poker’s media footprint continues to grow – from international expansion and syndication to live streaming online. In recent years, that has included a growing World Series of Poker media presence.

The WSOP released details of its 2020 broadcast plans lat week, including a complete Main Event schedule.

Broadcast poker live has become the norm for the WSOP in recent years. The series recently announced its complete schedule for this summer’s events.

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A busy WSOP coverage schedule

ESPN and Poker Central will telecast 40 hours of live coverage this summer from the Rio in Las Vegas. There will also be an additional 90 hours of originally produced episodes.

The agreement includes live footage each day of the WSOP Main Event, running July 1-14.

“ESPN’s yearly World Series of Poker coverage has proven to be an annual favorite with our poker fans,” ESPN Senior Vice President of programming and acquisitions Rob Temple said in a news release.

“Through our partnership with Poker Central, we look forward to another season of extensive broadcast coverage of the most popular poker event on earth.”

WSOP takes a multi-platform approach

It’s been a busy few weeks for the WSOP. The broadcast and streaming news came after the WSOP has been slowly releasing details of this summer’s schedule.

Players and fans now have a complete schedule of events and broadcast plans to look forward to.

Poker Central’s PokerGO service will stream exclusive WSOP Main Event coverage outside ESPN’s broadcast windows.

This is part of the series’ multi-platform content approach to reach out to poker fans. It seems many of those viewers are now making their way to play at the Rio as well.

Poker Central/PokerGO remains a key partner

As in years past, PokerGO will also stream other WSOP events throughout the series. A full streaming schedule should be announced closer to the series’ start.

“For the past four years, our partnership with ESPN has been centered on creating the ultimate fan experience by providing wire-to-wire coverage of the World Series of Poker Main Event,” Poker Central chief business officer JR McCabe said.

“We look forward to another year of bringing poker’s premier event to fans all across the globe.”

Poker Central also partnered with CBS All Access in 2019 to stream certain events. There was not word yet if CBS would be returning this year.

Here’s a look at the current broadcast schedule of the 2020 Main Event on ESPN/ESPN2:

DateTime (ET)NetworkEvent
July 18:00 PM – 1:00 AMESPN2WSOP Main Event Day 1A
July 29:00 PM – 11:00 PMESPNWSOP Main Event Day 1B
July 211:00 PM – 1:00 AMESPN2WSOP Main Event Day 1B
July 38:00 PM – 1:30 AMESPN2WSOP Main Event Day 1C
July 47:30 PM – 10:00 PMESPNWSOP Main Event Day 2AB
July 510:00 PM – 1:00 AMESPN2WSOP Main Event Day 2C
July 610:00 PM – 2:00 AMESPN2WSOP Main Event Day 3
July 77:00 PM – 11:00 PMESPN2WSOP Main Event Day 4
July 810:00 PM – 2:00 AMESPN2WSOP Main Event Day 5
July 98:00 PM – 12:00 AMESPN2WSOP Main Event Day 6
July 1010:00 PM – 12:00 AMESPN2WSOP Main Event Day 7 (Play to Final Table)
July 1210:00 PM – TBDESPN2WSOP Main Event Day 8 (Nine to Six Players)
July 1310:00 PM – TBDESPN2WSOP Main Event Day 9 (Six to Three Players)
July 149:00 PM – TBDESPNWSOP Main Event Day 10 (Three Players to Winner)

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