Monday, April 16, 2007 1:36:00 PM PT
ESPN Announces Lineup For 2007 World Series Of Poker(R)
11 Bracelet Events To Air; Main Event, HORSE Coverage Expanded
LAS VEGAS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--ESPN announced plans to expand its coverage of the Main Event and the $50,000 buy-in HORSE mixed-game tournament at the 2007 World Series of Poker Presented by Milwaukee's Best Light.
"We're delighted that ESPN is bringing even more depth to its already superb coverage of the WSOP," said Jeffrey Pollack, Commissioner of the World Series of Poker. "No one produces poker better than ESPN, and its powerful audience of sports fans will see all of the thrills, drama and excitement that make us so unique."
Although the final schedule is subject to change, ESPN plans to televise 16 hours of coverage of the WSOP Main Event, as well as 10 one-hour programs covering other bracelet events. The $50,000 HORSE Championship will receive six hours of airtime and the format of the final table will include all five games of HORSE.
The schedule of events ESPN plans to cover includes:
- June 1, Event No. 1: Mixed Hold 'Em World Championship, $5,000 buy-in.
- June 2, Event No. 3: No-Limit Hold 'Em, $1,500 buy-in.
- June 3, Event No. 4: Pot-Limit Hold 'Em, $1,500 buy-in.
- June 4, Event No. 7: Pot-Limit Omaha, $5,000 buy-in.
- June 5, Event No. 8: No-Limit Hold 'Em, $1,000 buy-in with re-buys.
- June 8, Event No. 13: Pot-Limit Hold 'Em, $5,000 buy-in.
- June 17, Event No. 28: No-Limit Hold 'Em, $3,000 buy-in.
- June 18, Event No. 30: No-Limit Hold 'Em Six-Handed, $2,500 buy-in.
- June 19, Event No. 31: No-Limit Hold 'Em Heads Up, $5,000 buy-in.
- June 20, Event No. 33: Pot-Limit Omaha with Re-buys, $1,500 buy-in.
- June 24, Event No. 39: HORSE World Championship, $50,000 buy-in.
- July 1, Event No. 50: Pot-Limit Omaha World Championship, $10,000 buy-in.
- July 6, Event No. 55: No-Limit Hold 'Em Main Event, $10,000 buy-in.
Air times for the ESPN coverage will be released in the coming months.
The 2007 World Series of Poker Presented by Milwaukee's Best Light will begin June 1 at the Rio® All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. More information on the tournament is available at http://www.worldseriesofpoker.com.
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