SAN FRANCISCO – May 25, 2018 – Social video service Twitch and Poker Central®, the ultimate destination for fans of poker tournaments, cash games, and lifestyle away from the tables, today announced the World Series of Poker (WSOP) will air on Twitch. Twitch will bring live coverage of over 31 tournaments and 25 final tables, with the live streams starting on June 2 at 3:00 pm PT and running until July 14. The action will unfold on twitch.tv/pokercentral, where players will battle it out for the most coveted prize in poker: a WSOP gold bracelet.
The lead commentators for Poker Central will be David Tuchman with support from Jeff Platt. Additionally, to provide an interactive viewing experience and introduce newcomers to the game, a rotating cast of Twitch poker personalities and other pros of the game will serve as color commentators, answering questions from chat and discussing the action with fans.
Featuring a comprehensive slate of tournaments in every major poker variation, the WSOP is the world’s longest-running and largest poker event in the world, having awarded nearly three billion dollars in prize money. A gold bracelet is awarded to the winner of each individual event, a prize recognized as the most prestigious in the entire sport.
“Year after year, our goal is to provide the highest quality poker content to as large an audience possible,” said Sam Simmons, vice president of content at Poker Central. “To that end, we’re proud to work with our long-time partners at Twitch to produce and distribute additional coverage of the WSOP – the preeminent tournament series in all of poker.”
Since its introduction to the Twitch service in late 2014, poker viewership continues to grow year-over-year alongside the ability for fans to interact directly with professional players in real time. This has been hailed as a major game changer for the sport, garnering Twitch a Poker Innovation of the Year award at the American Poker Awards in 2015. Twitch has also become home to a lot of the industry’s top personalities, such as Jason Somerville, Lex Veldhuis, Parker Talbot, Jaime Staples, and many others.
“The Twitch community thrives on interacting with the best players and witnessing the best plays in poker,” said Farhan Ahmed, head of poker partnerships at Twitch. “Since poker has continued to grow significantly as a content category on Twitch and the World Series of Poker represents one of top levels of competition the sport has to offer, it’s exciting to bring it to our passionate poker fanbase.”
To discover more poker channels and become a part of Twitch’s vibrant Poker community, visit the Twitch Poker directory.
The planned schedule of WSOP live streaming on Twitch is as follows:
|Date||Stream Time||Event Name|
|June 2||3:00 PM PT||WSOP 2018 $1500 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better Final Table|
|June 3||3:00 PM PT||WSOP 2018 $100K No Limit Hold’em High Roller Day 3|
|June 4||3:00 PM PT||WSOP 2018 $10K Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship Day 2|
|June 6||12:00 PM PT||WSOP 2018 $1500 No Limit Hold’em Day 2|
|June 7||3:00 PM PT||WSOP 2018 $10K Heads Up No Limit Hold’em Championship Day 2|
|June 8||3:00 PM PT||WSOP 2018 $565 COLOSSUS Final Table|
|June 10||3:00 PM PT||WSOP 2018 $565 Pot-Limit Omaha Final Table|
|June 13||3:00 PM PT||WSOP 2018 $10K H.O.R.S.E. Championship Day 2|
|June 14||11:00 AM PT||WSOP 2018 $1500 Millionaire Maker Final Table|
|June 15||1:00 PM PT||WSOP 2018 $2620 MARATHON Final Table|
|June 16||3:00 PM PT||WSOP 2018 $1500 Seven Card Stud Final Table|
|June 18||3:00 PM PT||WSOP 2018 $50000 Poker Players Championship Day 4|
|June 19||3:00 PM PT||WSOP 2018 $10K Seven Card Stud Championship Day 2|
|June 20||1:00 PM PT||WSOP 2018 $1500 No Limit Hold’em Final Table|
|June 21||1:00 PM PT||WSOP 2018 $1500 No Limit Hold’em Shootout Final Table|
|June 23||1:00 PM PT||WSOP 2018 $2500 No Limit Hold’em Final Table|
|June 24||3:00 PM PT||WSOP 2018 $2500 Mixed Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better/Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better Final Table|
|June 26||3:00 PM PT||WSOP 2018 $1500 Razz Final Table|
|June 27||3:00 PM PT||WSOP 2018 $10K Limit Hold’em Championship Final Table|
|June 28||3:00 PM PT||WSOP 2018 $3K No Limit Hold’em Final Table|
|June 29||3:00 PM PT||WSOP 2018 $10K Razz Championship Final Table|
|June 30||1:00 PM PT||WSOP 2018 $1K Ladies No Limit Hold’em Final Table|
|July 1||3:00 PM PT||WSOP 2018 $5K No Limit Hold’em 6-Handed Final Table|
|July 3||3:00 PM PT||WSOP 2018 $888 Crazy Eights No Limit Hold’em 8-Handed Final Table|
|July 7||3:00 PM PT||WSOP 2018 $1500 No Limit Hold’em Final Table|
|July 8||3:00 PM PT||WSOP 2018 $1500 Bounty Pot Limit Omaha Final Table|
|July 10||3:00 PM PT||WSOP 2018 $3K Pot Limit Omaha 6-Handed Final Table|
|July 11||1:00 PM PT||WSOP 2018 $5K No Limit Hold’em Final Table|
|July 12||3:00 PM PT||WSOP 2018 $1500 Mixed No Limit Hold’em/Pot Limit Omaha Final Table|
|July 13||3:00 PM PT||WSOP 2018 $10K No Limit Hold’em 6-Handed Championship Final Table|
|July 14||3:00 PM PT||WSOP 2018 $50K High Roller No Limit Hold’em Final Table|
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About Poker Central®
Poker Central is the ultimate destination for fans of poker tournaments, cash games, and lifestyle away from the tables. Poker Central delivers poker’s most premier live events around the world via PokerGO, its direct-to-consumer OTT subscription service, as well as through network television distribution. PokerGO delivers over 100 days of live poker on an annual basis alongside a video-on-demand library that features original series and classic poker programming. Streaming and televised tournaments include its owned tournaments, such as Super High Roller Bowl and Poker Masters, along with The World Series of Poker, ARIA High Roller Series, and WPT final tables, among others. For more information, visit www.pokercentral.com and www.pokergo.com.
About the World Series of Poker
The World Series of Poker® is the largest, richest and most prestigious gaming event in the world, having awarded more than $2.6 billion in prize money and the prestigious gold bracelet, globally recognized as the sport’s top prize. Featuring a comprehensive slate of tournaments in every major poker variation, the WSOP is poker’s longest-running tournament in the world, dating back to 1970. In 2017, the event attracted 120,995 entrants from 111 different countries to the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, and awarded more than $231 million in prize money. In addition, the WSOP has formed groundbreaking alliances in broadcasting, digital media and corporate sponsorships, while successfully expanding the brand internationally with the advent of the World Series of Poker Europe in 2007 and the World Series of Poker Asia-Pacific in 2013 and the WSOP International Circuit Series in 2015. For more information on the World Series of Poker, please visit www.wsop.com.
Senior Editor, Poker Central