World Series of Poker Television Coverage

The World Series of Poker was filmed for the first time as a special in 1973, while CBS covered the event in the late 1970s.

Despite this, television coverage of the World Series of Poker only really took hold when ESPN began broadcasting the World Series in the late 1980s.

Early television coverage of the World Series of Poker was fairly simplistic compared to modern coverage, which incorporates interviews, player profiles and much more.

The early 21st Century marked a turning point for the World Series of Poker, as well as for televised poker coverage.

ESPN broadcasts WSOP

ESPN broadcasts have been a major factor in the explosive growth of the World Series, and the introduction of the pocket cam in 2002 revolutionised television coverage at the World Series of Poker, as television viewers could now see what hole cards each player was holding. Virtually overnight, this turned poker into a far more appealing spectator sport.

Events other than the $10 000 No-Limit Texas Hold’em Main Event were first televised in 2003, the year that online qualifier Chris Moneymaker won the Main Event.

Moneymaker’s victory, combined with an increased level of television coverage at the World Series, combined to assist in the popularity boom enjoyed by Texas Hold’em in recent years.

ESPN has gone on to expand poker television coverage to unparalleled heights, and coverage of the 2006 WSOP included the entire final table of the 2006 Main Event being televised on pay-per-view.

Because of the increasing teevision coverage of events like the World Series of Poker, professional poker players have become celebrities, with fans worldwide entering expensive tournaments in the hope of playing alongside them.