It’s Mainly the Main Event on ESPN’s 2009 WSOP TV Schedule

by Lou on May 23, 2009

Only four events are scheduled to be televised by ESPN at the 2009 World Series of Poker, and two of them don’t even award the winner a bracelet.

The $10,000 buy-in WSOP main event gets most of the play, with 25 one-hour episodes slated for TV coverage. There’s also a final table preview episode to provide viewers with an up-close-and-personal look at this year’s November Nine, who will probably be anonymous to most of the TV audience until they make the final table.
The $50K HORSE event will not be shown this year, which is too bad because it’s guaranteed to have any number of name players at the final table, and—Scotty Nguyen’s meltdown notwithstanding—made for compelling television. Taking its place will the 40th anniversary $40,000 buy-in no-limit hold’em event, a WSOP Champions Invitational, and the Ante Up For Africa charity tournament.
Last year seven bracelet events were shown by ESPN, but the main event was shown in 10 episodes, not the 25 episodes that are planned for 2009. In addition to the $50,000 HORSE tournament, last year’s TV coverage included the $10,000 pot-limit hold’em and pot-limit Omaha events, along with a few lower buy-in tourneys. This year, by comparison, it’s the main event, the 40th Anniversary tournament, and two non-bracelet events that are guaranteed to showcase well known players as well as celebs and glitterati who are probably better known outside the poker world.
The Champions Invitational and Ante Up for Africa are not bracelet events. The Invitational is limited to main event winners and will award the winner a new car and the newly created Binion Cup. Ante Up for Africa, headed by Don Cheadle and Annie Duke, provides aid to war-ravaged Darfur.
Here’s ESPN’s full schedule:
· July 28, 8 p.m. Eastern Time – Special 40th Annual $40,000 no-limit hold’em
· July 28, 9 p.m. Eastern Time – Special 40th Annual $40,000 no-limit hold’em
· August 4, 8 p.m. Eastern Time – WSOP Champions Invitational
· August 4, 9 p.m. Eastern Time – WSOP Champions Invitational
· August 11, 8 p.m. Eastern Time – Ante Up For Africa Celebrity-Charity Event
· August 11, 9 p.m. Eastern Time – Ante Up For Africa Celebrity-Charity Event
· August 18, 8 p.m. Eastern Time – Main Event Day 1A
· August 18, 9 p.m. Eastern Time – Main Event Day 1A
· August 25, 8 p.m. Eastern Time – Main Event Day 1B
· August 25, 9 p.m. Eastern Time – Main Event Day 1B
· September, 1 8 p.m. Eastern Time – Main Event Day 1C
· September, 1 9 p.m. Eastern Time – Main Event Day 1C
· September, 8 8 p.m. Eastern Time – Main Event Day 1D
· September, 8 9 p.m. Eastern Time – Main Event Day 1D
· September, 15 8 p.m. Eastern Time – Main Event Day 2A
· September, 15 9 p.m. Eastern Time – Main Event Day 2A
· September, 22 8 p.m. Eastern Time – Main Event Day 2B
· September, 22 9 p.m. Eastern Time – Main Event Day 2B
· September, 29 8 p.m. Eastern Time – Main Event Day 3
· September, 29 9 p.m. Eastern Time – Main Event Day 3
· October 6, 8 p.m. Eastern Time – Main Event Day 4
· October 6, 9 p.m. Eastern Time – Main Event Day 4
· October 13, 9 p.m. Eastern Time – Main Event Day 5
· October 13, 10 p.m. Eastern Time – Main Event Day 5
· October 20, 9 p.m. Eastern Time – Main Event Day 6
· October 20, 10 p.m. Eastern Time – Main Event Day 6
· October 27, 9 p.m. Eastern Time – Main Event Day 7
· October 27, 10 p.m. Eastern Time – Main Event Day 7
· November 3, 9 p.m. Eastern Time – Main Event Day 8
· November 3, 10 p.m. Eastern Time – Main Event Day 8
· November 10, 8 p.m. Eastern Time – Final Table Preview Show
· November 10, 9-11 p.m. Eastern Time – Main Event Final Table

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