The 2018 World Series of Poker’s schedule of broadcasts has been released by Poker Central and ESPN. The preliminary information announced on Thursday, Feb. 15 covers the WSOP main event, which features everyday coverage from July 2nd – July 14th. In addition to the main event, ESPN will also broadcast the $1 million buy-in Big One for One Drop no-limit hold’em high roller tournament on July 16-17.
PokerGO will offer exclusive WSOP Main Event coverage that is not broadcast during ESPNwindows. The full PokerGO WSOP streaming schedule will be revealed at a later date.
“Last year, both ESPN viewership and PokerGO subscription numbers were very strong throughout the WSOP Main Event,” said JR McCabe chief digital officer of Poker Central. “This year, we’re doubling down on live coverage of the World Series of Poker by adding the Big One for One Drop and bringing even more live poker to fans worldwide.”
“ESPN has a long-running relationship with the World Series of Poker, and we are always looking for ways to bring viewers the most preeminent coverage,” said Doug White, ESPN senior director of Programming & Acquisitions. “By doubling down on our broadcast and digital platform coverage, we’re going to bring fans and viewers even closer to the sport’s biggest events from all aspects and angles.”
In 2018 ESPN will broadcast at least 40 hours of live WSOP coverage on TV, with 130 hours of originally produced episodes. ESPN’s comprehensive broadcast of the WSOP will continue through 2020.
“We’re ecstatic that ESPN and Poker Central continue to raise the bar and deliver more live poker content to audiences across the globe,” said executive director of the World Series of Poker Ty Stewart. “Fans today demand immediacy and wall-to-wall coverage and this year’s offerings deliver on that in spades.”
Check out the schedule of coverage for the WSOP Main Event and the Big One for One Drop on ESPN and ESPN2:
|7/2/18||8:00 PM – 1:00 AM ET||WSOP Main Event: Day 1A – ESPN2|
|7/3/18||8:00 PM – 11:00 PM ET||WSOP Main Event: Day 1B – ESPN2|
|7/4/18||8:30 PM – 12:00 AM ET||WSOP Main Event: Day 1C – ESPN2|
|7/5/18||10:00 PM – 12:00 AM ET||WSOP Main Event: Day 2A/B – ESPN2|
|7/6/18||8:30 PM – 12:00 AM ET||WSOP Main Event: Day 2C – ESPN2|
|7/7/18||6:00 PM – 10:30 PM ET||WSOP Main Event: Day 3 – ESPN2|
|7/8/18||2:00 PM – 6:00 PM ET||WSOP Main Event: Day 4 – ESPN|
|7/9/18||10:00 PM – 2:00 AM ET||WSOP Main Event: Day 5 – ESPN2|
|7/10/18||8:00 PM – 11:00 PM ET||WSOP Main Event: Day 6 – ESPN|
|7/11/18||12:30 AM – 2:00 AM ET||WSOP Main Event: Day 7 – ESPN2 ***Play to final table|
|7/12/18||9:00 PM – END ET||WSOP Main Event: Day 8 – ESPN * Nine to six players|
|7/13/18||9:00 PM – END ET||WSOP Main Event: Day 9 – ESPN***Six to three players|
|7/14/18||9:00 PM – END ET||WSOP Main Event: Day 10 – ESPN***Three players to winner|
|7/16-17/18||12:00 AM – 2:00 AM ET||WSOP Big One for One Drop: ESPN2 (Live)|
|7/17/18||7:00 PM – 9:00 PM ET||WSOP Big One for One Drop: ESPN2 (Tape replay)|
|7/17/18||9:00 PM – END ET||WSOP Big One for One Drop: ESPN2 (Live)|
|7/21/18||11:00 PM – 1:00 AM ET||WSOP Big One for One Drop: ESPN2 (Tape replay)|
The press release from the WSOP noted that the schedules including dates, times, and specific events that are subject to change. All events will be streamed on a 30-minute delay with hole cards shown per gaming regulations.