The World Series of Poker joined forces with Poker Central to make the 2020 WSOP available on TV. What we know so far is that there will be a total of 13 days of live coverage, and all of them will focus on Main Event.
At the moment, that’s exactly the same type of coverage as it was in 2019 WSOP when the viewers had an opportunity to watch 14 days of the Main Event that started on Day 1a.
This year, the WSOP will not have as many spotlights as last year on ESPN’s main platform. Namely, ESPN agreed to make three broadcasts in total this year, whereas last year, there were six of them.
In other words, the platform almost cut in half the time for the WSOP in 2020. The only days that will be broadcast will be portion od Day 1b, Day 2ab, and the final table.
Despite covering only that, the officials of ESPN are eager to do it and are looking forward to the start of the WSOP. Rob Temple, Senior VP of programming and acquisitions of ESPN, stated that the annual WSOP coverage had proved to be the yearly favorite among poker fans who watched this channel.
He added that they were looking forward to “another season of extensive broadcast coverage” of what he described as the “most popular poker event on Earth.”
The Broadcast Time — When to Watch WSOP on ESPN
The WSOP will be broadcast starting July 1 from 8 pm to 1 am on ESPN2 when you will have an opportunity to watch Day 1a. Day 1b will be from 9 pm to 11 pm on ESPN on July 2 and continue from 11 pm to 1 am on ESPN2.
Day 1c will be broadcast from 9 pm to 1:30 am on ESPN 2 on July 3, and Day 2ab will start on July 4 from 7:30 pm to 10 pm on ESPN.
Day 2c will also be on ESPN2 and start on July 5 from 10 pm to 1 am. Days 3, 4, 5, and 6 will all be on ESPN2, but the time the platform would tune in to broadcast would differ.
Day 3 is on July 6 and will be on the platform’s second channel from 10 pm to 2 am. Moreover, Day 4 will be on July 7 from 7 pm to 11 pm.
Day 5 is also starting from 10 pm to 2 am on July 8, and Day 6 will be broadcast from 10 pm to 12 am on July 9.
Day 7 to the final table will be on ESPN2 as well on July 10 from 10 pm to 12 am.
July 12 is reserved for Day 8 to six players of Main Event and will start at 10 pm. Six to three players left will be on July 13, which is officially Day 9 of the Main Event.
Finally, July 14 will return to the main ESPN platform at 9 pm when the winner of the 2020 World Series of Poker Main Event is going to be decided live on television.
Please take into account that all dates, times and events are subject to change, but we will make sure to keep you informed if anything changes regarding the schedule.
The 2020 WSOP is expected to be the biggest one yet, with dozens of events already confirmed. In fact, a good deal of events are going to take place online, and players who are physically located in Nevada or New Jersey will be able to participate in them.