The 44th WSOP starts today. The WSOP is arguably poker’s biggest event, both live and online. Social Media and live streams will provide lots of updates.
Poker pros, casual players and poker media begin to descend on the Rio today for the kickoff of the 44th WSOP. Ten years ago when Chris Moneymaker took the main event title and started the poker boom updates to the main event were scarce, and the preliminary event information, virtually nonexistent. Of course Twitter, Facebook and streaming media didn’t really exist then either.
Once again WSOP.com will feature live streams of virtually every final table starting Thursday with the Final Table of the $500 Casino Employee event. Once again the final table streams will feature David Tuchman as anchor with a revolving cast of some of poker’s biggest names providing commentary and insight. The live streams being daily at 4:30PM or 5:30 PM Eastern Time, with the exception of Event 26, the $1000 Seniors event with will begin at 2:30 PM ET. (Presumably the early start time is to accommodate the early dinner break time needed for the seniors).
The streams this year will also offer and richer experience for the viewers. The WSOP is using RFID chips in the cards to allow the commentators and the viewer “see” the whole cards. The use of RFID adds not only to the viewing experience but to the quality of the commentary as well. Viewers are no longer subjected to the “guesses” of the pros, since both will have real information. According to the WSOP only “meaningful” hands will have the hole card information displayed. The final table will also be broadcasts on a delay, per Nevada Gaming Commission rules.
Social Media, especially Twitter, will provide a staggering number of updates. Most of the well-known pros will be tweeting standings. Bluff Magazine, The WSOP, and Card Player Magazine will provide continuous updates as will many of the individual reporters for the magazines. Of course you will be able to find daily updates here as well.