ESPN will begin its coverage of the WSOP Main Event on September 11. Aussie Millions will be a stand-alone event once more. David Einhorn now owns $3.8 million worth of Amaya shares. And just where do WSOP winners keep their bracelets?

Brace yourselves, November is coming (early)

ESPN has announced that its coverage of the WSOP Main Event will take place over the course of seven weeks, starting on September 11. Each week will feature the highlights of a single day of the tournament, which ran as usual for seven days at this summer’s series before reaching its final table. Each of these daily recaps is split into two hour-long episodes, which will run nearly back-to-back (with a half hour in between) every Sunday night.

Although the final table is still known as the November Nine, only its final day will run in September, on the 1st. The first two days of play will be October 30th and 31st; perhaps we’ll get to see some players in their Hallowe’en costumes for the second day? The reason for the advanced schedule this year is to avoid conflicting with the American election, which would surely be bad for ratings both domestically and abroad, as even us non-Americans will likely be watching with bated breath to find out whether we’re in for four more years of the regularly-scheduled awfulness from the U.S., or new, bizarre, possibly apocalyptic awfulness.

If you can’t remember who’s going to be playing this year, the dramatis personae is to be found here.

Quick Hitters

– Now that PokerStars has merged its tours and the Asia-Pacific Poker Tour (APPT) is no more, the Aussie Millions is going back to its roots as a stand-alone series. Although it has been one of the pre-eminent stops on the APPT since 2014, the Aussie Millions stood on its own for fifteen years before that, so there’s probably no cause for concern about its future.

– On the subject of the merging of PokerStars’s live tournament brands, Jen Newell at PokerUpdate has some perspective to offer.

– August tends to be a dry time for poker news, but Jen’s been keeping busy, asking the hard-hitting questions like, “Where do poker players keep their WSOP bracelets and other awards?” Inquiring minds want to know.

– Although professional poker players are fairly unanimous in their disdain for PokerStars owner Amaya, opinions are split on whether investing in Amaya stock is smart or not. One person coming down firmly in the yes camp is businessman and amateur poker player David Einhorn, who has invested in the stock to the tune of $3.8 million.

– Poker players mostly think of poker AI “bots” as an unscrupulous tool for making money off unsuspecting online players. For the academics who are at the cutting edge of bot development, though, poker AI research is a way to work on techniques that they see eventually being applied to more altruistic ends.