Today marks the first day of the Main Event of the World Series of Poker. While most of us are familiar with ESPN’s weeks-long highlight coverage of the $10000 Main Event, few have seen the huge event play out live, and then only through questionable streaming video. This year, ESPN will be breaking new ground with hours of live coverage of feature tables at the Main Event, starting on day 3 and lasting through the final table.
The other night we ran live streaming coverage of Phil Hellmuth’s attempt at a 12th bracelet, capturing the attention of many in the club. We hope the same sort of interest will be expressed for the live coverage of the Main Event, which should be available on the screen in the poker room when it is running.
Starting July 14, there will be thirty-two hours spread over six days, as seen in the WSOP/ESPN schedule. Be sure to check out the action on ESPN 2 and help make this groundbreaking live coverage a success.
If you’re a fan of televised poker, then you probably know about Pokerstars.net’s The Big Game. Last year, this show ran opposite Poker After Dark, late at night. After Black Friday’s shutdown of the US market, Pokerstars immediately announced that TBG would not be aired in the US. I was disappointed with the news, TBG has a great cash game format with interesting poker celebrities, online geniuses, and their signature Loose Cannon. The Loose Cannon is the cornerstone of the show, an amateur qualifier staked $100k by Pokerstars. If he loses his hundred thousand, he’s off the show… but he only gets to keep his profit if he survives the week. Not to mention, the show is hosted by the hilarious Joe Stapleton, poker writer turned comedic podcaster.
I was happy to hear that Pokerstars has decided to make Season 2 available online on Pokerstars.TV. They’ll be releasing all six weeks of the season, one day at a time. If you’ve never seen the show, it’s worth checking out. The mix of players is my favorite part, seeing Daniel Negreanu play against Ike Haxton, or Scott Seiver in a pot with Doyle Brunson… not to mention a random amateur getting it all-in versus Phil Hellmuth… it’s the best poker show out there in my opinion.
Here’s a hand from Season 2. Scott Seiver is playing against the Loose Cannon… Seiver with Kings, Cannon with a hand you Encore regs may be familiar with… deuce trey suited.