Very interested to see how this plays out, very good news:
LAS VEGAS – ESPN is boosting coverage of the World Series of Poker less than one month after backing away from two online poker companies considered heavily influential in the industry.
The cable network was to announce Wednesday that it planned 34 hours of semi-live television coverage for the series' no-limit Texas Hold 'em main event on ESPN2 and ESPN, on a 30-minute tape delay with hole cards shown.
The announcement comes after the network said it was moving away from deals with PokerStars and Full Tilt Poker, online poker companies whose executives face allegations of bank fraud and money laundering. ESPN said those moves didn't affect plans for the series, owned by Caesars Entertainment Corp.
The move is also significant because poker isn't normally aired live or near-live with hole cards shown.