The World Series of Poker Main Event is by far the biggest poker event on the globe and hence ESPN has expanded its coverage of the major event of World Series of Poker. ESPN has expanded this coverage despite the indictments made on top poker sites PokerStars and Full Tilt Poker, which had spent $26.8 million in advertising on television for the same in the year 2010.
Increase in coverage of WSOP is expected from the Walt Disney network in terms of 34 extra hours of poker on ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPN3.com. There is also a special first time presentation of unedited action on a 30-minute delay of the main event. This unedited action will show the cards the players held, which were hole cards.
From the 14th to the 19th of July, the networks will show the action at the WSOP main event as the world’s biggest and richest tournament continues to head towards the final nine competitors in Las Vegas. There will also be edited weekly shows that lead up to the final table on the 8th of November, the same as last year.
The “North American Poker Tour Presented by PokerStars.net” was pre-empted by ESPN on the 18th of April following the events of Black Friday and PokerStars.net advertisements were pulled from the “World Poker Tour” coverage by Fox Sports Net.
PokerStars.net and Full Tilt Poker.net were the two leading companies that were charged with money laundering and bank fraud by the Department of Justice on 15th April 2011. Absolute Poker and Ultimate Bet were also indicted with similar accusations.
The World Series of Poker is owned by the closely held casino company Caesars Entertainment Corp. The World Series of Poker 2011 was won by Canadian Jonathan Duhamel, who earned the $8.9 million first prize after playing against a field of total 7319 participants.
The events that took place on Black Friday might have hampered the reputation of the two leading sites but it has worked in favor of internet poker since poker advocates are working round the clock to now ensure that this matter is resolved by legalization of internet poker in the United States and that the UIGEA 2006 laws are clarified.
Poker enthusiasts will not let internet poker fail in the United States after its well-known popularity. There are several states and representatives who believe that taxing online poker would help in building revenues for the state.