Big One For One Drop Added To Wsop Broadcast Coverage

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Big One For One Drop Added To Wsop Broadcast Coverage

Last year ESPN Networks and Poker Central’s subscription service PokerGo shared coverage of the WSOP Main Event. After what was deemed a highly successful partnership in 2017, 2018’s WSOP coverage will be increased to include the $1m buy-in Big One for One Drop.

The two networks will work together to broadcast exclusive coverage, in other words ESPN’s coverage will not overlap with PokerGO’s but between them the coverage will ‘lick the platter clean’ so to speak with PokerGOtaking over where ESPN leave off. The goal (for the Main Event), according to the WSOP website is to “air start to finish everyday coverage from July 2nd – July 14th”

As far as ESPN is concerned, much of the early Main Event coverage will take place on ESPN2, (including all four day 1’s and both day 2’s) although Day’s 4, 6, and all three of the final table days will be shown on the premier ESPN channel.

WSOP Executive Director Ty Stewart said,

“We’re ecstatic that ESPN and Poker Central continue to raise the bar and deliver more live poker content to audiences across the globe. Fans today demand immediacy and wall-to-wall coverage and this year’s offering delivers on that in spades.”

While Poker Central’s Cheif Digital Officer J.R McCabe looked forward to once again playing apart in broadcasting poker’s biggest event in a press release, noting that,

“Last year, both ESPN viewership and PokerGO subscription numbers were very strong throughout the WSOP Main Event. 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.”

This year the WSOP will not close on the completion of the Main Event, this honour will go to the $1m buy-in ‘Big One for One Drop’ which starts on July 15th, the day after the Main Event final table is due to play down to a winner. This is the first time the $1m One Drop event has appeared at the WSOP since Dan Colman’s controversial win back in July 2014. Once again the coverage will be split between ESPN2 and PokerGo.

PokerGO have yet to release their broadcast schedule although you can take a good guess at what their scheduling might look like if you take a look at the ESPN broadcast schedule (see below)

ESPN WSOP BROADCAST COVERAGE SCHEDULE 2018

DateTimeEvent
2-Jul8:00 PM – 1:00 AM ETWSOP Main Event: Day 1A – ESPN2
3-Jul8:00 PM – 11:00 PM ETWSOP Main Event: Day 1B – ESPN2
4-Jul8:30 PM – 12:00 AM ETWSOP Main Event: Day 1C – ESPN2
5-Jul10:00 PM – 12:00 AM ETWSOP Main Event: Day 2A/B – ESPN2
6-Jul8:30 PM – 12:00 AM ETWSOP Main Event: Day 2C – ESPN2
7-Jul6:00 PM – 10:30 PM ETWSOP Main Event: Day 3 – ESPN2
8-Jul2:00 PM – 6:00 PM ETWSOP Main Event: Day 4 – ESPN
9-Jul10:00 PM – 2:00 AM ETWSOP Main Event: Day 5 – ESPN2
10-Jul8:00 PM – 11:00 PM ETWSOP Main Event: Day 6 – ESPN
11-Jul12:30 AM – 2:00 AM ETWSOP Main Event: Day 7 – ESPN2 ***Play to final table
12-Jul9:00 PM – END ETWSOP Main Event: Day 8 – ESPN *** Nine to six players
13-Jul9:00 PM – END ETWSOP Main Event: Day 9 – ESPN***Six to three players
14-Jul9:00 PM – END ETWSOP Main Event: Day 10 – ESPN***Three players to winner
July 16 (July 17)12:00 AM – 2:00 AM ETWSOP Big One for One Drop: ESPN2 (Live)
17-Jul7:00 PM – 9:00 PM ETWSOP Big One for One Drop: ESPN2 (Tape replay)
17-Jul9:00 PM – END ETWSOP Big One for One Drop: ESPN2 (Live)
21-Jul11:00 PM – 1:00 AM ETWSOP Big One for One Drop: ESPN2 (Tape replay)