he WSOP is the world’s longest running poker tournament, attracting a total audience of nearly 82 million U.S. viewers each year. Under the terms of the new deal, ESPN will broadcast a minimum of 32 hours of event coverage from the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas every year, including WSOP gold bracelet events and the November Nine final table.
WSOP content will appear on various ESPN TV channels in the United States, as well as on ESPN International platforms outside of the U.S. ESPN has been broadcasting WSOP events every year since 2003.
"We are very excited to continue our relationship with Harrah’s to deliver the largest, richest, and most prestigious gaming event in the world to fans across a variety of our platforms," said Doug White, senior director of programming and acquisitions, ESPN.
"Poker continues to be a solid ratings performer for us and allows us to continue offering diverse programming to our viewers."
During this year's event, the WSOP achieved a significant milestone, crossing the us$ 1 billion mark in prize money awarded since the annual event began in 1970. This year 6,494 entrants took part in the world famous us$ 10,000 World Championship No Limit Hold'em main event, just short of last year's total.
"The WSOP is proud to call ESPN home for another nine years," said Jeffrey Pollack, President of Harrah's Interactive Entertainment and the World Series of Poker. "This long-term agreement ensures that our content will continue to reach sports fans around the world through a wide variety of platforms."
The November Nine players will return to the Rio Hotel in Las Vegas on November 7th to compete for a total prize pool of over us$ 61 million, following the success of the format last year which helped generate further interest in the players and their techniques, as well as providing for live coverage of the final table on ESPN.