WSOP Exec Ty Stewart Talks Huge Changes in Tournament Starting This Year

Written by:
Published on:

Speaking to this week, World Series of Poker Executive Director Ty Stewart discussed major changes to the WSOP tour.

This past weekend it was announced there will no longer be a November Nine.  Previously, the Main Event final was played separate from the July slate, whereby the nine finalists would show up months later to conclude the event and ultimately determine the winner.  Some of the past November Nine finals were actually played in October.

The November Nine is staying put through 2020, only now it's just being played out in July,” Stewart said.  “What I mean by that is TV coverage of every hand of the final table and a spectacle unlike anything else in poker is here for the long haul. Creating mainstream attention for poker is what has always been important to us. Not a nickname.”

The final will be played out July 20 (ESPN2), 21 (ESPN) and 22 (ESPN) – Consistent 9 p.m. start all three nights.

The entire WSOP event will now be broadcast same day starting with the first event.  Previously, only the final was broadcast “live” with some tape delay.

“Basically, we have "November Nine"-like programming for the entire duration of the tournament. So the goal is to build engagement each day, and core to this approach is the viewer's expectation to pay it off while engagement is high.”

While much of the WSOP will be viewed via ESPN, it will also be broadcast via digital and social media.

“We're going to be one of the summer's ultimate binge-watch programs on the No. 1 sports channel in the world and that definitely falls under the header of ‘good for poker’."

The WSOP has entered into an exclusive agreement with Poker Central to provide the digital coverage.

“Poker Central will provide info in the coming days about how to consume the WSOP beyond ESPN via their digital products. Not just in the U.S.A., but around the world.”

- Ace King,

The OSS Cub3d Returns to Americas Cardroom

Americas Cardroom’s biggest tournament extravaganza of the year typically features 3 back-to-back-to-back tournament series guaranteeing over $5.5 million in total!  The OSS3 kicks off with a Mini Online Super Series (MOSS), and is then followed with one of our flagship Online Super Series (OSS), and ends with a bang with a Bigger Online Super Series (BOSS).  JOIN HERE NOW TO GET LATEST NEWS ON UPCOMING ONLINE TOURNAMENTS AND CLAIM YOUR FREE 100 PERCENT BONUS AT THE WORLD’S 5TH LARGEST ONLINE POKER ROOM

Poker News

Jessica Chastain Receives Golden Globe Nomination for Molly’s Game Role

Jessica Chastain Receives Golden Globe Nomination for Molly’s Game Role

Jessica Chastain dazzled in a low cut blue gown at the Amsterdam premier of Molly’s Game, which could end up being the best poker film ever (until now it’s been Rounders).  Chastain was nominated the night before for a Golden Globe.

Engel Wins Second HPT Title and $162k

Engel Wins Second HPT Title and $162k

Poker pro also earns Player of the Year honors

Ben Marsh Wins 2017 MSPT Main Event

Ben Marsh Wins 2017 MSPT Main Event

The MSPT Season Final $1,100 Main Event at Canterbury Park - Racetrack & Card Casino attracted a record 493 entries, which surpassed the spring event (475 entries) as the largest major poker tournament ($1K+ buy-in) in Minnesota history.

Poker Player Suing Caesars for Fraud: Claims Inappropriate Ban

Poker Player Suing Caesars for Fraud: Claims Inappropriate Ban is reporting that a poker player has filed a lawsuit against Caesars after the casino hit him with a ban to avoid honoring his Global Casino Championship seat.

Poker Pro Mike Matusow: ‘All Dems are Evil’

Poker Pro Mike Matusow: ‘All Dems are Evil’

Following the loss of Republican Judge Roy Moore in the special election for Senator of Alabama, poker pro Mike Matusow went on a Twitter rampage.