ESPN Kicks Off Coverage of World Series of PokerWednesday, July 24th, 2013 by Ryan
With July nearly coming to a close, and the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas officially wrapping up with it’s November Nine, the nine players in the Main Event who will return to decide a winner in November, that means that it’s time to get the televised action underway. Many people have followed the WSOP throughout 2013 to this point, and many are very interested to see the action on television, and that time is officially here. The action got underway on Tuesday night on ESPN, and this is the restart of the popular Tuesday night poker that we remember back in past years during the Main Event and the other big WSOP tournaments. There is a pretty good schedule of poker out there for players and fans to watch in the upcoming future, and it began with the 2013 World Series of Poker Asia Pacific (WSOP APAC) Main Event.
This tournament actually ran back in April, and was played at the popular Crown Casino in Melbourne, Australia. It featured some very big named players, and the actual footage itself from ESPN is going to be broken down into two different two hour segments that start up at 9:00pm EST. While the tournament itself featured some big names, there was one of the biggest at this final table in Daniel Negreanu, who is a player that is always talked about. Negreanu is definitely the most well-known player at this final table, and the second part of it is that he actually went on to win the gold bracelet as well.
When the action started for the final table of this event, Negreanu was holding the second largest chip stack out of the other seven players who were left in the action. There was no doubt that Negreanu was a favorite to win it all, and once the action got underway we saw exactly why he was a favorite to take down the gold bracelet. When the heads up match started between Negreanu and Daniel Marton, it was Negreanu holding a massive chip lead of 11.01 million chips to 1.15 million chips. The championship looked like it was completely his, and while Marton was able to build his stack a little and even double up a few times, he couldn’t make up the large deficit. In the end, it was his A-7 falling short against the pocket twos of Negreanu.
This tournament actually started one of the hottest runs of his career in the live tournament game, as he won a million dollars in this tournament, and then pulled in a fourth place finish at the European Poker Tour’s Grand Final for over $420k. Then he had a seventh place finish in the World Poker Tour’s World Championship. He also had a nice fourth place finish in an early tournament at the World Series of Poker APAC that was ran before the Main Event.
Negreanu kept his hot run rolling along at this summers World Series of Poker in Las Vegas as he cashed six times, and even had a second place finish in the $2,500 2-7 Triple Draw Lowball tournament. This left him sitting in second place in the WSOP Player of the Year standings, but we still have the WSOP Europe to play, so Negreanu could work his way up to that top spot.
The next tournament that is on the schedule for the Tuesday night poker action is the WSOP National Championship final table that was an invitation only tournament for the top players on the World Series of Poker Circuit. There will be two hours of the WSOP Main Event from that point on every Tuesday through October 29th. This means that we’ll get a ton of poker action through the upcoming months, and every Tuesday it will begin at 9:00pm EST. The only times that we won’t see poker on Tuesdays will be September 3rd and September 10th. After all of this, the WSOP Main Event’s final table will be on a 15-minute delay on November 4th and November 5th until we have a new champion, so we will be sure to keep you updated on all of the big time action in November.