The ESPN has finalized its complete World Series of Poker (2016) coverage schedule. The sports channel will cover the World Series of Poker 2016, including the Main Event Championship, the Global Casino Championship, as well as the live final table action that lasts three days.
The main feature of the coverage will be commentaries by Norman Chad, the noted analyst, Lon McEachern, the lead commentator, and Kara Scott, the reporter. Professional poker players Phil Laak and Antonio Esfandiari will provide the pro analysis.
The finals of the WSOP Global Casino Championship will mark the beginning of ESPN2’s coverage schedule at 10:00 p.m. ET on September 6, Tuesday. The next event to be covered will be the Main Event Championship from September 11, Sunday. The coverage will end with the live final table action from Oct 30, Sunday to Nov 1, Tuesday. Finally, there will be a two-hour final table encore on ESPN at 9:00 p.m. on November 20.
ESPN plans to introduce a set with a brand new design. It will also be using a techno-jib camera for the first time during its Main Event Championship coverage.
The ESPN’s Main Event coverage of this year will be directly competing with the Sunday Night Football on NBC. The coverage of the second day of the final table will have to literally fight for viewers with the Monday Night Football on ESPN. Since the NFL enjoys the highest popularity in the US, it is not easy to compete with it.
Interestingly, the ESPN, which always used to cover the WSOP Main Event from Day One, started filming it only on Day Four this year. Norman Chad of ESPN said that there will always be only one reason for this—money.
So this year, the number of WSOP episodes will be fewer with Chad and Lon McEachern, his partner, delivering the color commentary as usual. ESPN will show 14 WSOP Main Event episodes right up to the final table action over three days. The final table action will then be shown fully with a delay of 30 minutes, irrespective of how long it continues.
The World Series of Poker came to an end last month. Only one WSOP gold bracelet remains to be won and it will go to the winner of the Main Event. The chip leader is Cliff Josephy, who hopes to emerge as the last man standing and take home the bracelet and the first-place prize of $8 million.