Today, Poker Central and ESPN announced their preliminary live coverage schedule for the 2018 World Series of Poker Main Event and Big One for One Drop. The biggest tournament of the year will see start to finish everyday coverage from July 2nd through the 14th, as well as $1,000,000 Big One for One Drop coverage on July 16 and 17. In addition to this, PokerGO exclusively live-streams hours that aren’t available on ESPN.
|2018 ESPN World Series of Poker Broadcast Schedule|
|02-Jul||8:00 PM – 1:00 AM ET||WSOP Main Event: Day 1A – ESPN2|
|03-Jul||8:00 PM – 11:00 PM ET||WSOP Main Event: Day 1B – ESPN2|
|04-Jul||8:30 PM – 12:00 AM ET||WSOP Main Event: Day 1C – ESPN2|
|05-Jul||10:00 PM – 12:00 AM ET||WSOP Main Event: Day 2A/B – ESPN2|
|06-Jul||8:30 PM – 12:00 AM ET||WSOP Main Event: Day 2C – ESPN2|
|07-Jul||6:00 PM – 10:30 PM ET||WSOP Main Event: Day 3 – ESPN2|
|08-Jul||2:00 PM – 6:00 PM ET||WSOP Main Event: Day 4 – ESPN|
|09-Jul||10:00 PM – 2:00 AM ET||WSOP Main Event: Day 5 – ESPN2|
|10-Jul||8:00 PM – 11:00 PM ET||WSOP Main Event: Day 6 – ESPN|
|11-Jul||12:30 AM – 2:00 AM ET||WSOP Main Event: Day 7 – ESPN2 ***Play to final table|
|12-Jul||9:00 PM – END ET||WSOP Main Event: Day 8 – ESPN *** Nine to six players|
|13-Jul||9:00 PM – END ET||WSOP Main Event: Day 9 – ESPN***Six to three players|
|14-Jul||9:00 PM – END ET||WSOP Main Event: Day 10 – ESPN***Three players to winner|
|July 16/17||12:00 AM – 2:00 AM ET||WSOP Big One for One Drop: ESPN2 (Live)|
|17-Jul||7:00 PM – 9:00 PM ET||WSOP Big One for One Drop: ESPN2 (Tape replay)|
|17-Jul||9:00 PM – END ET||WSOP Big One for One Drop: ESPN2 (Live)|
|21-Jul||11:00 PM – 1:00 AM ET||WSOP Big One for One Drop: ESPN2 (Tape replay)|
“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,” said JR McCabe, chief digital officer of Poker Central.
ESPN senior director Programming & Acquisitions Doug White said, “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. 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.”
This year’s partnership between ESPN and Poker Central includes at least 40 hours of live WSOP coverage and an additional 130 hours of originally produced episodes. The WSOP broadcasts on ESPN 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. Fans today demand immediacy and wall-to-wall coverage and this year’s offering delivers on that in spades,” said Ty Stewart, executive director, World Series of Poker.
The scheduling including dates, times, and specific events is subject to change. All events will be streamed on a 30-minute delay with hole cards shown per gaming regulations. Stay tuned to Poker Central for the full PokerGO WSOP streaming schedule, which is set to be announced at a later date. For the full press release, click here. Relive the 2017 World Series of Poker on PokerGO right here.