This IS the Main Event!

The preliminary events are all in the bag. There’s only one title left – and for every player, amateur or professional, it’s the one title they all want in their collection.

This year a total of 6,844 players made their way to the Amazon Room at the Rio Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas in pursuit of the championship and the $9 million first place prize. While the poker world is waiting for a champion to be crowned ESPN is set to air the first episodes of the Main Event starting Tuesday at 8 pm ET.

Between now and October 28 ESPN will broadcast a total of 18 hours of Main Event coverage. From Phil Hellmuth’s grand entrance to the return to action of 2007 Main Event champion Jerry Yang, ESPN is turning this year’s Main Event into something more.

It will also be the first time that poker fans will be introduced to the November Nine – the final nine players who will return to the Rio in November for a shot at the World Championship. The action starts this week on ESPN (8 pm ET) with two one-hour episodes.