The World Series of Poker (WSOP) has finalized its broadcast schedule for 2018. The plan is for the 2018 WSOP broadcasts to air on ESPN2 and ESPN who are the broadcast partners of the WSOP along with Poker Central.
ESPN coverage will start on July 2 on Day 1a of the WSOP Main Event. The WSOP Main Event coverage will last for 12 continuous days. The world champion will most likely be crowned by the evening of July 14. If the final table goes the distance, then the eventual champion will most likely win the award during the early parts of the morning on July 15.
After the main event, there will be a one-day rest and then the Big One for One Drop event will take place. It will air on ESPN2 on July 16. This is a super high roller event where the buy-in is fixed at $1 million. The winner will be determined on the next night.
The coverage though will be replayed on July 21, for anyone who missed it. It will be a taped replay and will end the WSOP season of poker in Las Vegas.
The details of the broadcast will be similar to the 2017 World Series of Poker. This means that all viewers will be watching the telecast with a 30-minute delay, which is in place due to gaming regulations. Viewers can catch the delayed action from the WSOP on ESPN and on PokerGO, which is Poker Central's digital streaming arm. This 2017 WSOP broadcast followed a similar format and was a huge success. WSOP Executive Director Ty Stewart is very excited to see how many viewers tune in this season and is confident that viewer ratings
will climb in 2018.
In a statement, Seth Palansky, Caesars vice president of corporate communications 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.
Overall, there will be around 40 hours of delayed live coverage. Besides that, there will be 130 hours of produced episodes. For the produced and filmed content, scheduling will be announced in the coming weeks. Also to be announced is the schedule for the PokerGO streams.