Europe to Air on February 1st, by Dan Cypra -
Poker News Daily - 5th January 2009
over, Super Bowl. There’s a new sheriff
in town. On Sunday, February 1st, the first four
of episodes of the World Series of Poker (WSOP)
Europe Main Event will air on ESPN at 6:00pm ET;
there will be eight episodes in total. The Super
Bowl, which is one of the world’s most watched
sporting events, kicks off at 6:30pm ET.
10:00pm ET on February 1st, an encore presentation
of the first two episodes will air on ESPN2 for
those who were watching “The Big Game.”
The WSOP Europe festivities consisted of four
separate tournaments, culminating in a £10,350
buy-in event that drew 362 players. At the end
of the day, Full Tilt Poker pro John Juanda became
just the second WSOP Europe Main Event champion
ever, joining Annette “Annette_15”
Obrestad, who won the prestigious title in 2007.
Senior Director of Communications, George McNeilly,
told Poker News Daily, “An opportunity presented
itself to air the WSOP-Europe in prime time on
ESPN. We always strive to serve the widest variety
of sports fans and we hope poker fans tune in
for the prime time episodes.”
WSOP Europe tournaments were held at the Casino
at the Empire in London’s Leicester Square.
The epicenter of the city’s theater district,
Leicester Square also houses several casinos.
Doug White, ESPN’s Senior Director of Programming
and Acquisitions, commented in a press release
that the atmosphere of this event is vastly different
than the one filmed at the Rio in Las Vegas: “The
intimate look and feel of this tournament is different
from other WSOP events we produced in the United
States.” The press release explains that
players at the Casino at the Empire were seated
“in a side room, under the stairs, behind
the bar, near the roulette tables, and in front
of an ice cream shop.”
is also employing a mobile hole card camera in
order to be able to show what players hold in
key hands no matter where they are seated. In
the past, ESPN has used the Henry Orenstein invention
only for its feature table as well as “Table
2.” Jamie Horowitz, ESPN’s Senior
Sports Producer, explained the importance of this
addition for WSOP Europe’s coverage: “We
believe the Mobile Hole Card Camera will provide
fans a great understanding of the overall story
behind the tournament, and how the players advanced
to the final table.”
Bowl XLIII will be held in Tampa, Florida on February
1st. The game pits the top team from the National
Football Conference (NFC) against the top team
from the American Football Conference (AFC). The
game kicks off at 6:30pm ET and will go head to
head with ESPN’s WSOP Europe coverage. The
Super Bowl is viewed in dozens of countries around
the world and advertising spots regularly come
with a seven-figure price tag. The NFL playoffs
will enter their Divisional round this weekend,
with the Tennessee Titans, Pittsburgh Steelers,
Baltimore Ravens, and San Diego Chargers remaining
in the hunt for the AFC. In the NFC, the defending
champion New York Giants, Carolina Panthers, Arizona
Cardinals, and Philadelphia Eagles are still in
schedule for the WSOP Europe on ESPN2 is as follows:
10:00pm: Episode #1
11:00pm: Episode #2
10:00pm: Episode #3
11:00pm: Episode #4
10:00pm: Episode #5
11:00pm: Episode #6
10:00pm: Episode #7
11:00pm: Episode #8
WSOP Europe Main Event attracted all of the heavy
hitters in the poker world. The final table featured
WSOP November Nine member Ivan Demidov, who became
the first person ever to reach the final tables
of both the WSOP and WSOP Europe Main Events in
the same year; Demidov finished third in London
and second in Las Vegas for well over $6 million
total. Also seated at the WSOP Europe Main Event
final table are Daniel Negreanu and Scott Fischman.
Lon McEachern and Norman Chad will provide commentary
for the event.
schedule for the 2009 WSOP has not yet been released.
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