ESPN Announces 2012 WSOP TV ScheduleThursday, May 10th, 2012 by Ryan
The World Series of Poker is the most followed and most talked about live poker tournament series in the world today, and a large part of that is due to the massive tournaments that they hold, but also the fact that it features some of the biggest and best names in all of poker. The 2012 World Series of Poker has been incredibly anticipated after the November Nine from last year’s Main Event wound down. We are officially three weeks away from the start of the 2012 WSOP, and ESPN has officially announced their broadcasting schedule for the World Series, and the first one will begin in early July, on the third of the month to be exact. This will be the Big One for ONE DROP tournament that features a $1 million buy-in.
The Big One for ONE DROP is one of the most intriguing tournaments in years, mainly because of the level of player that it will most likely be drawing in with its massive buy-in. The field is capped at 30 players, and $111,111 of each player’s buy-in will be going to the charity ONE DROP, which helps provide clean, drinkable water to different locations all over the world. Currently the prize pool for this event is already up to $26,666,670, and that would send the first place winner home with over $12.2 million. That means that the all time record for a first place pay day would be broken, as the old record went to Jamie Gold, who took down the 2006 WSOP Main Event. This series will run over a three day span and is going to be televised starting on the 3rd, but it will actually begin on the first of the month with ESPN airing the final day of the tournament with just a 15 minute delay.
From there, the next tournament action that we will see will not come until the 31st of July when ESPN will begin showing the edited versions of the shows starting with the Big One for ONE DROP. The other two events that are going to be televised will be the WSOP National Championship, which will take the 100 qualifiers who made it from the Circuit tour, and this will begin on August 7th. After that it will be televised coverage of the WSOP Main Event all the way until October 30th. This will be shown every Tuesday night on ESPN. The final table will be the last televised event, and it will be shown almost live with just a slight delay once again.
It has now been since back in 2008 when ESPN slowed down their coverage of the other events, and instead focused on just showing the big events. They showed seven events back in 2008, then three in 2009, two in 2010 and last year there were three events shown once again, but they have decided to keep the number low once again for this year’s events.
We’re excited for the 2012 World Series of Poker as it should feature some excellent poker, and we’ll keep you updated as the gold bracelets are awarded all throughout the Summer!