Today it was announced that the World Series of Poker would be discontinuing the tradition of having the main event final table played after a 3 month hiatus.

    Today it was announced that the World Series of Poker would be discontinuing the tradition of having the main event final table played after a 3 month hiatus. The November Nine format has been in place since the 2007 World Series, an event that was won by Jerry Yang. Up and coming network, Poker Central has acquired the rights to the WSOP and has reached an agreement with long-time World Series exhibitor ESPN to show same day live coverage of the event (with a 30 minute delay) beginning on day 1.

    The Winner
    The final winner of the event, known as the world champion of poker, will now be decided on July 22nd, after a 3-day final table, which has become the television standard for the occasion. Under the new deal, ESPN will telecast an estimated 40 hours of coverage, on top of 130 hours of originally packaged shows. Any coverage not aired by ESPN will be streamed exclusively through Poker Central's digital distribution channels.

    ESPN has been our home since 2002 and we're delighted to extend the relationship into the next decade

    said WSOP executive director Ty Stewart.

    Having everyday 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.

    We are thrilled to add the preeminent poker brand, the World Series of Poker, to our growing portfolio of poker-related content,

    said JR McCabe, chief digital officer, Poker Central.

    We have major plans to reinvent the WSOP offering to greatly expand how, when and where fans of the game of poker can watch and engage with the game.

    The World Series of Poker has been a longstanding staple of ESPN programming,

    said Dan Ochs, director of programming and acquisitions, ESPN.

    We are pleased to reach an agreement to continue to carry the sport's most prominent event and modernize our coverage with the new same day live coverage throughout July each year.

    Previously, the final table was delayed 3 months so that the players could obtain endorsement deals and the network could hype up the conclusion of the event by having a weekly, edited program showing the days leading up to the final table. With this format, they were able to create story lines, such as last year's Will Kassouf fiasco and keep people engaged. This year it will be interesting to see the changes they make to keep people entertained and watching a live, unedited program.

    The planned ESPN schedule is as follows:
    Date Day Time slot (ET)
    July 8 1a 4pm-8pm
    July 9 1b 2pm - 6pm
    July 11 2a/2b 8pm-11pm
    July 12 2c 8pm-10pm
    July 14 4 8pm-11pm
    July 15 5 2pm-4pm
    July 16 6 2pm-6pm
    July 17 7 7pm-9pm
    July 19 Final table preview 10pm-11pm
    July 20 9 down to 6 9pm-TBD
    July 21 6 down to 3 9pm-TBD
    July 22 3 down to 1 9pm-TBD

    Change is Overdue
    There is no day 3 because is coincides with the previously scheduled X Games 2017 opening night.
    My opinion on the change is that it is long overdue. The November Nine was a clever promotion for a couple years and a good way to build the hype, but by the time the actual final table ran, the World Series was out of the minds of most casual fans and even the weekly television coverage leading up to the live final table left something to be desired. I am not saying the new format will guaranteed make for better TV, but it is certainly time to try something new. I also think it was unfair to have 3 months between day 7 and day 8 because it gives weaker players the opportunity to use their now virtually unlimited funds to hire a coach and improve their final table skills dramatically. I think the tournament should be decided based on the skills (and luck) that you have leading into the event.

    People on the Internet mostly agree with me.
    Facebook member, Ryan Langmuir, said "It never made sense at all to delay the final table, completely ruins the flow of a tournament."

    Popular poker forum twoplustwo members are also overwhelmingly in favor of the change. A contributor who goes by UsedToBeGood wrote,

    I think this set up is better for coverage and brings it more into a modern format, although as a rec player who won a main event seat this year managing the rare, but possible potential of taking two weeks off work is not easy to manage. Obviously, won't be complaining if I'm guaranteed a million bucks, but couldn't imagine trying to squeeze this in every year.

    What do you think about the change?
    I will be giving out three 250 Guaranteed Freeroll tickets to people who comment below. Entries must be received by Wednesday at 10AM EST to qualify.

    Good Luck!

     Filed under: Poker, WSOP, World Series of Poker, November Nine


    StareYouDown: I am in favor FINALLY!
    Tue, 05/16/2017 - 19:06

    I am in favor FINALLY! Sometimes i lose the hype waiting so long so i might as well just catch it later on under ONDEMAND :) not anymore!

    BigThangz: never a fan of nov 9
    Tue, 05/16/2017 - 19:15

    Its about time they end this crap, I could never understand the waiting for NOV to finish the tourney. Yah it builds up hype but if I made FT I wouldn't want to wait til NOV to play it out. Why give people time to get coached and sell of shares etcetc I always thought it was BS to wait, play that shit out. I thought the reason they waited 3 months was so the could collect interest with all the prize they have not paid out yet.

    seanrc: no one likes change
    Tue, 05/16/2017 - 19:55

    While no one likes change, I believe they have there reasons, With growth comes change and with technology the way it is, Im sure it has quite an impact on poker and WSOP in general. GL to those who make it Nov 9 will be remembered

    CroSani: I like your post.To win a big
    Tue, 05/16/2017 - 22:07

    I like your post.To win a big amounts of money we need to join in tournaments with big buy in because then we risk more and if we are more than average player we play more safe because we risk more money so we can win big money more easy.

    Underworld: I don`t like to wait...
    Tue, 05/16/2017 - 23:04

    3 months between day 7 and day 8... let`s be clear about one thing, sometimes 15 minutes can be a game killer!!! 3 months is definitely something that is changing the game completely. It`s all about money like always..

    Marukh666: yeah booze yeah
    Wed, 05/17/2017 - 00:14

    yeah booze this is the time of contest all over the world as well as we participating in that contest with ESPN and also betting in this favorite competition..i advise you sir booze that plzz give 5 instead of 3 ticket in this section because of this is not just a special this will be GLORY..

    wishiswish: Thats Boom
    Wed, 05/17/2017 - 00:22

    wow i cant handle myself when i saw this.
    This will be glory in Betcoin...Thanks you bozze with ESPN.. ,

    shandefoye: Cracker short
    Wed, 05/17/2017 - 00:28

    Its mind blowing sir bozze.
    Hope watch and participating with you.
    Thanks you and thanks to all of your florida..

    enoo: My initial thought is that
    Wed, 05/17/2017 - 00:41

    My initial thought is that this is good, I prefer not to wait and instead see it right away. On the other hand, a lot is riding on how well they can produce their new same-day coverage. I for one wouldn't mind seeing it presented in a format more like streams, but one important thing ESPN was doing for poker was exposing it to a different audience than those of us who watch twitch. I hope they will do it well, but I'm only cautiously optimistic.

    My biggest hope is that they'll get better commentators, but that seems unlikely.

    PokerJoker66: wsop is dope all day even if
    Wed, 05/17/2017 - 04:48

    wsop is dope all day even if they change theformat

    daffyD: Definitely makes so much more
    Wed, 05/17/2017 - 08:36

    Definitely makes so much more sense..I always wondered about the rationale behind the 3 month wait..good development

    minmin88: Not good change ! I dont like it
    Wed, 05/17/2017 - 13:33

    I do not like the change in split time of the final table. Extending the time to 3 days is a torment for the participant, and the audience. The factor that makes the competition tough is the time, the success that comes with the skill and of course the luck. If the player has enough skill to withstand the pressure of the tournament time, he or she is more worthy for the tournament. A weaker player will have more time to explore the opponent for the next day, so it will not be fair.
    Why wait up to 3 days for the final table, this change lost some of the appeal in poker.

    isnortbooze: Congrats PokerJoker66, tngheu, shandefoye!
    Wed, 05/17/2017 - 14:03

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    Blindme: Can you explain this part:
    Wed, 05/17/2017 - 17:02

    Can you explain this part:

    World Series exhibitor ESPN to show same day live coverage of the event (with a 30 minute delay) beginning on day 1

    I do not think this is enough time,it could easily expose a player that has been bluffing like crazy early on and then get found out well still at the table due to the 30 minute delay. Rail could easily tell a buddy in the mix that so and so is stealing every hijack as a example with air. Not sure if I like that aspect!

    isnortbooze: That's the price you pay
    Wed, 05/17/2017 - 17:14

    That's the price you pay for TV exposure. When they first televised poker with hole cards in 1999, many old school players were wary about it exposing their playing style for obvious reasons. They quickly learned, however, that the endorsements that come along with fame are of a higher expected value than someone learning their playing style, something that can be easily adapted.
    Obviously 95% of the players shown in the live footage this year will not be getting endorsements, but the players who are given enough TV time for someone to learn their playing style will likely be interesting enough characters that they have a shot to receive sponsorships. If there are 8,000 people playing in this event, the coverage for the first few days will likely be wherever the cameras can find interesting all-in situations or people who are already famous in the poker world and have had their hole cards exposed on TV already.
    For the last few years final tables at the WSOP and most other major mtts have already been streaming online with hole cards and a 30 minute delay and any tournament with media coverage will have you sign a release ahead of time agreeing to this. The disadvantage for players is that their friends can watch the footage and text the players what their opponents were holding in certain spots with only a 30 minute delay since it happened. One advantage for players is that the more exposure they get, the better opportunity they have to build a brand and get things like sponsorships or even Twitter hits. It is also good for the game because it gets more people watching, just like how exposing hole cards in taped shows led to the first poker boom.

    phinzphan: Good change. I was always
    Wed, 05/17/2017 - 17:10

    Good change. I was always wondered what would happen if one of the finalists died before the November Nine, which was a possibility

    BigThangz: streaming 20 min delay
    Wed, 05/17/2017 - 17:37

    the best part of the 30 min delay is when players have there friends watching and tell them they got bluffed on that hand 30 min ago lol

    Blindme: Not every one wants to be a
    Wed, 05/17/2017 - 17:59

    Not every one wants to be a big star in poker but I suppose most would not care either way if they are sitting at the final. I just know that there are a lot of scumbags in the poker scene that will cheat any angle if given the chance. Also think rail should be kicked out during final table. But I prefer a tight ship,rather than being a celebrity for one day.

    isnortbooze: I would say 90% of people
    Wed, 05/17/2017 - 18:07

    I would say 90% of people who play the main event do it to get rich quick. The WSOP does a lot to maintain security, even to the point that the announcers don't know what happens ahead of time and are commenting on the delayed feed. There is also a rule about no headphones at the final table, but I think that is more to encourage people talking to each other for a more entertaining show.
    If having someone on the rail watching the delayed footage and reporting your actions to your opponents bothers you, you don't have to play, but obviously the production team is going to do what makes them the most money. I am sure many players don't like it, but a big part of poker in general is adapting your game to fit with the trends. This is just one more landmine to overcome.

    win008: booze what events will you be
    Wed, 05/17/2017 - 18:36

    booze what events will you be playing in? The Main Event? If I missed this in another post or comment, please point me in that direction.

    isnortbooze: Win008, I will be playing
    Wed, 05/17/2017 - 18:38

    Win008, I will be playing the Little Drop and some side events. Only going for 5-6 days. Can't leave wife alone with 1 and 3 year old for too long :)

    win008: Understood. Good luck.
    Wed, 05/17/2017 - 22:57

    Understood. Good luck.

    JennaROX: Hi Boozey!
    Wed, 05/17/2017 - 21:42

    I will be playing the Little Drop, too! I can't wait to meet you there! This is gonna be amaze-balls! :)

    I want to add a little side note to the TV time debate... keep in mind, sex outsells everything ~ attractive players, especially women will be sought out on the tables as well.

    So ladies, if you have sex-appeal & even a little bit of skill, you are more likely to receive air time than a male with a higher skill set/chip stack. :) Just the facts, boys! Don't get mad at us, blame your penis!

    So, Betcoin, I have all the gear at home, are you gonna sponsor my upcoming live tournaments in LA and beyond? :) I can flaunt your brand across my boobs! Premiere advertising location - stared at constantly! Do you want me to wear a go pro for a day to prove it ... all eyes on Betcoin Boobs GUARANTEED!

    LMAO I am just being silly... I am actually having a horrible week & laughter has to be manufactured ... hence this nonsense. :)

    Let's see how many thumbs down I get... so many Jenna haters in the shadows... come out and speak your truth! Don't let the hate build inside and consume you! :) I LOVE YOU ALL!

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