Commentary

ESPN3 to broadcast WSOPE main event

Updated: September 21, 2010, 12:00 PM ET
By Andrew Feldman | ESPN.com

For the first time in the four-year history of the World Series of Poker Europe, the final two days of the main event will be broadcast on ESPN3.com with hole cards displayed. Starting at noon ET on Monday, Sept. 27 and Tuesday, Sept. 28, the most prestigious event on the 2010 World Series of Poker Europe schedule will be streamed on a five-hour delay on ESPN3.com, ESPN's 24/7 sports broadband network.

"ESPN is committed to delivering the best poker content to fans, and ESPN3 is the ideal format to showcase this great event as it happens," said Doug White, senior director of programming and acquisitions for ESPN.

Coverage of the event, being held at the Casino at the Empire in London, will begin with 27 players on Sept. 27. Action on Monday will continue until the final table of nine players is reached. On Tuesday, fans will be able to watch the final table in its duration on ESPN3.com until a winner is crowned.

Hole cards will be displayed anytime a hand reaches a flop or if a preflop decision takes more than one minute. The five-hour delay is in place as a consideration for that aspect. Veteran poker insider Dave Tuchman and Bart Hanson will call the action and will be joined by a variety of poker players throughout the broadcast.

Since its inception, the WSOPE main event has been won by some of the most recognized individuals in the game including Annette Obrestad, John Juanda and Barry Shulman. The WSOP Europe main event field is typically one of the toughest throughout the year given the high buy-in of £10,000. The tournament will begin on Sept. 23 with the first of two starting days and conclude on Sept. 28.

Four original hours of the World Series of Poker Europe main event will be broadcast on ESPN2 in 2011.

Andrew Feldman is ESPN.com's Poker Editor. He is the host of the Poker Edge Podcast and co-host of ESPN Inside Deal. Andrew has covered the poker industry for ESPN since 2004.