A new deal for the World Series of Poker’s (WSOP) media rights will mark the end of the “November Nine Era“. Since 2008, the WSOP has crowned the Main Event champion after a four month hiatus, a format that wasn’t really that popular among poker players and fans since its inception. Undoubtedly, the poker community will be delighted to see the format go finally away.
“ESPN has been our home since 2002 and we’re delighted to extend the relationship into the next decade. Having every day live coverage of the WSOP Main Event is truly a huge commitment on behalf of ESPN and Poker Central and we look forward to delivering to our faithful audience wall-to-wall action from the outset for the very first time,” Ty Stewart, executive director of the World Series of Poker, commented the new media deal.
— Las Vegas RJ (@reviewjournal) May 15, 2017
The new Main Event champion will be crowned this year already on July 22nd. However, the final table will still be spread over three days (like in the November Nine format), but there will be no four month delay in-between.
The 2017 WSOP is set to kick off later this month at the Rio All Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.