Want to follow along with the World Series of Poker? We’ll get you up to speed on how to watch and keep track online.
This year, the WSOP has taken over live tracking of the tournament series, doing it in-house instead of being powered by PokerNews.com. It’s not certain how that will affect the online coverage of the event, but it seems likely there will be a few hiccups in the early going.
We would guess that the WSOP won’t be trying to reinvent the wheel, and that we’ll still see chip counts, hand updates, etc., like we’re used to seeing every year, and really, at every major poker festival. You should be able to find links to the live tracking for each live event here.
It remains to be seen how much of a presence PokerNews.com will have, or what type of coverage they will attempt to provide. One big question is how much access and ability they will have to produce videos on site. And you’ll also find a variety of coverage at the other big media sites, BLUFF — which no longer does a print edition of its magazine — and Card Player.
Another interesting wrinkle is the Global Poker Index’s new relationship with the WSOP, as the ranking system now powers the player of the year leaderboard. The GPI has announced its intentions to become a “poker entertainment company,” so it will be interesting to see if the GPI leverages its WSOP relationship to get access and content that other sites can’t.
PartTimePoker is trying something a little different this year, as we’ll attempt to do a live blog with interesting nuggets that happen throughout the day, in addition to a daily wrap-up and preview of all the action in Vegas. Follow our WSOP coverage here.
Like most years, the final tables of most events will be live streamed on WSOP.com. David Tuchman will serve as the lead commentator with “a rotating group of players and co-hosts.” Likely well-known candidates include Phil Hellmuth and Antonio Esfandiari.
Streams from more important events — or events with bigger names at the final table — will be shown on a 30-minute delay, with hole-card graphics; that stream can be found here.
Secondary final tables will be on a five-minute delay with no hole cards shown. Live stream here.
There is also a WSOP Twitch channel, although we’re unsure what, if anything, that will be used for.
ESPN will show weekly coverage from September 14 through the final table, which will take place from November 8-10. As is now custom, the final table of the main event, which will be reached in July, will go on hiatus until November. Coverage will come in two-hour time blocks on Mondays to start; on October 4, coverage will switch to Sundays. Final details of the ESPN schedule are yet to be released.