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Will The Big Names Bring Big PokerGO WSOP Numbers?

Written By Martin Derbyshire | Updated:
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[toc]Poker Central unveiled its new broadcast schedule for the remainder of the 2017 World Series of Poker, and a list of professional poker players and broadcast media veterans who will handle hosting duties.

Its 2017 WSOP Main Event coverage will also air on its familiar home on the US sports network ESPN.

Lon McEachern and Norman Chad Return

The team handling the hosting duties for the WSOP Main Event coverage on ESPN is equally as familiar. Lon McEachern will serve as play-by-play analyst with Norman Chad on color commentary, as they have done for the past decade and a half. They will, of course, be joined by a mix of poker players and veteran broadcasters that includes:

  • Kara Scott
  • Joe Stapleton
  • Phil Hellmuth
  • Daniel Negreanu
  • Antonio Esfandiari

The ESPN Main Event broadcast will be augmented by additional coverage on PokerGO. Ali Nejad and Nick Schulman will host this live stream.

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Coverage of more than a dozen WSOP events

Outside of the Main Event, PokerGO is planning to broadcast livestreams of a number of WSOP bracelet events. The events include:

  • $111,111 High Roller for One Drop
  • $10,000 Heads Up
  • $1,500 No Limit Hold’em 6-Max
  • $1,500 Millionaire Maker
  • $3,000 No Limit Hold’em 6-Max
  • $10,000 H.O.R.S.E
  • $1,000 No Limit Hold’em (Seniors)
  • $5,000 No Limit Hold’em 6-Max
  • $10,000 No Limit Hold’em 6-Max
  • $5,000 No Limit Hold’em
  • $3,000 Pot Limit Omaha 6-Max
  • $1,500 No Limit Hold’em
  • $10,000 Pot Limit Omaha
  • $5,000 No Limit Hold’em

PokerGO’s WSOP Bracelet event coverage will be led by a rotating cast of commentators and reporters, including McEachern, Chad, David Tuchman, Tatjana Pasalic, and a number of professional poker players.

The professional poker players include:

  • Jeff Gross
  • Jonathan Little
  • Doug Polk
  • David Williams

POKER PROductions leads the way

The production duties fall to POKER PROductions and Executive Producer Mori Eskandani, who have handled the ESPN WSOP Main Event broadcast since 2011.

POKER PROductions has also produced hit poker shows at casinos across the US including NBC’s Poker After Dark and GSN’s High Stakes Poker.

“We’re looking forward to having some of the industry’s best broadcasting talent cover the most thrilling poker action of the year,” Poker Central’s chief digital officer JR McCabe said in a release. “Our team – spanning both ESPN and PokerGO – will bring the WSOP viewing experience to life for millions of people tuning in across the world.”

All events will be livestreamed on a 30-minute delay with the players’ hole cards shown.

The PokerGo subscription service is available for $10 a month or $99 a year. More information on PokerGO and the full details of the broadcast schedule are available on the PokerGO website.

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Martin Derbyshire has more than ten years of experience reporting on the poker, online gambling, and land-based casino industries for a variety of publications including Bluff Magazine, PokerNews, and PokerListings. He has traveled extensively, attending tournaments and interviewing major players in the gambling world.

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