WSOP to stream nearly-live coverage of all final tables

WSOPHarrah’s Entertainment, the business that holds the World Series of Poker rights, has announced it will supply nearly-live streaming of every final table at each of the 58 bracelet tournaments.

Streams will be shown with a five-minute delay, but will unfortunately be devoid of commentary and hole-card information following the introduction of pocket cameras back in 2003.

Instead, there will be an overhead camera showing all the action while betting details will be announced, providing viewers with the same information as the spectators gathered inside the Amazon Room at The Rio All Suite Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas for the event that runs from May 31 to July 19.

Be aware, however, that these streams will not be nearly as exciting to watch as those we have become used to on television shows – mainly because of the lack of hole card cams.

The main poker events for your diary are:

May 31 Event #2 $25,000 buy-in Heads Up NL Hold’em Championship (maximum 256 participants)
June 3 Event #7 $10,000 buy-in Pot-Limit Hold’em Championship
June 6 Event #11 $10,000 buy-in Omaha Hi-Low Split-8 or Better Championship
June 9 Event #16 $10,000 buy-in 2-7 Draw Lowball Championship
June 12 Event #21 $10,000 buy-in Seven Card Stud Championship
June 15 Event #27 $10,000 buy-in Limit Hold’em Championship
June 18 Event #33 $10,000 buy-in Seven Card Stud Hi-Low Split-8 or Better Championship
June 21 Event #37 $10,000 buy-in H.O.R.S.E. Championship
June 24 Event #42 $10,000 buy-in Pot-Limit Omaha Championship
June 27 Event #46 $10,000 buy-in No-Limit Hold’em/Six Handed Championship
July 2 Event #55 $50,000 buy-in Poker Players’ Championship
July 7 Event #58 $10,000 buy-in Main Event No-Limit Hold’em Championship

Meanwhile, the World Poker Tour (WPT) stops off in Catalonian capital city Barcelona next week.

However, unlike the WSOP, fans will be able to follow the final table action on a live stream – complete with commentary and hole cards – at poker site PartyPoker.com’s blog.

In addition, a spokesman said that there will be “written live reporting, exclusive freerolls and bonuses for viewers” to add to the excitement.

Known as the Spanish Championship, numerous big-name players are sure to turn up at Casino Barcelona for the €3,200+€300 tournament that begins next Wednesday.

The PartyPoker spokesman added that, with the live streaming of events such Big Game V and WPT Vienna proving “extremely popular”, the organisers expect the Spanish Championship – the first event of the WPT Season 9 – to pull in big viewer numbers.

Poker fans are sure to tune in to see if controversial German Ali Tekintamgac – who has been accused of cheating during last November’s Partouche Poker Tour (PPT) in Cannes, France – can retain his crown from last year after he outlasted 325 other players to claim the €315,000 top prize.

This year’s winner will, in additional to the prize money, pick a $25,500 entry for next year’s WPT World Championship tournament.