ESPN ups ante on WSOP coverage

Network to air poker on same day as tourney

With “you are there” programming the coin of the TV sports realm and the once-ubiquitous poker craze getting a little long in the tooth, ESPN’s trying to, um, up the ante on its Texas Hold ‘Em coverage.

This year the cabler will offer its first-ever same-day airing of the World Series of Poker.

That’s “same-day,” not “live.”

Here’s the plan: Play between the WSOP’s final two contestants will begin on Monday, Nov. 10 at 10 p.m. PST from the Rio Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. The sports net will begin its broadcast at 9 p.m. EST on Tuesday, Nov. 11. Thus, the live event technically begins Nov. 11 in the Eastern and Central zones, and since play will likely extend past midnight Pacific, the broadcast will also count as same-day on Mountain and Pacific time.

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