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    Thursday, October 20th, 2011 by Ryan

As we are just a few weeks away from one of the biggest final tables in the game of poker currently, it has recently been announced that there will be a few changes to the layout of the schedule. The 2011 World Series of Poker featured quite a few changes, starting with the fact that entire Main Event was broadcast live on ESPN. This drew in quite a bit of additional attention from players and fans alike. This year’s WSOP also featured over 55 events, and had some incredible prize pools and fields, which some people found shocking after the Black Friday incident put a hurt on the bankrolls of quite a few poker players. Fortunately for the WSOP, there was still an excellent crowd at the Main Event, and an incredible amount of interest in the November Nine which is ready to kick off in just a few weeks.

The changes for the November Nine are mainly put in place to help improve the television coverage for ESPN. The coverage for the Main Event final nine was set to kick off on November 5th, and run through the 7th of November. The decision was made to move the start of the final table back a single day to the 6th of November, and have the action kick off at 11:30am PDT. Another plan for it was that the players would take a full day off from the action and play with the final two players; which has now been changed to taking a day off and having the final three players head to the table at 5:00pm.

The great news for players and fans is that the action is still going to be broadcast almost live, and have only a fifteen minute delay in the action. And even better news, is that it will work similar to the Main Event coverage that you see months after the play is over, as the fans will get to see the hole cards, and hear commentary on the play. The action will be televised between the two ESPN stations, including ESPN2 as well. For the online coverage of the final table, if you head to ESPN3.com, you’ll find that you can get in on the action there as well. ESPN has yet to announce who will be covering the final table action, but it could be a similar group of players like Phil Hellmuth, Lon McEachern, Antonio Esfandiari, Olivier Busquet, and David Tuckman, who all covered the Main Event in some aspect over the span of the event.

The World Series of Poker seems to be one of the few televised poker events that seems to be remaining popular while other ones continue to decline. Some of the larger shows such as the National Heads-Up Poker Championship, Poker After Dark, and the PokerStars Big Game have all been cancelled. The World Series of Poker Main Event is always one of the most watched poker events out there today, and the 2011 November Nine should draw even more interest than in years’ past.

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