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ESPN’s multiplatform coverage of the World Series of Poker, presented by Jack Link’s Beef Jerky will culminate with same-day coverage on Tuesday, Nov. 10 at 9 p.m. ET.
While Maryland logger Darvin Moon has the chip lead, much of the poker world’s focus has been on Phil Ivey. Even though he’s got a much shorter stack, the seven-time WSOP bracelet winner is considered by many to be the best player on the planet.
ESPN.com Presents Comprehensive Coverage of Poker’s Biggest Event
The November Nine reconvene at the final table on Tuesday, Nov. 10, at 9 p.m. on ESPN, andESPN.com will have a wide array of coverage from the World Series of Poker, presented by Jack Link’s Beef Jerky beginning Thursday, Nov. 5, until the $8.5 Million first prize is awarded.
Fans can expect daily Poker Edge podcasts and feature articles written by Gary Wise and Bernard Lee. The poker blog will recap all the action as it unfolds and ESPN’s new 30-minute digital poker show, ESPN Inside Deal presented by PokerStars.net, will offer a preview show on Friday, Nov. 6 with exclusive preview interviews and a recap with the winner on Tuesday, Nov. 10.
Before the final table begins play, fans can also predict the action on ESPN.com with Poker Pick ‘Em, a game where players can answer 20 questions for a chance to win a trip to the Bahamas courtesy of PokerStars.net.
ESPN co-host Norman Chad comments on the November Nine
Darvin Moon: “Can a logger emerge out of the woods of western Maryland, strike gold in Sin City and then submerge himself back into the woods of western Maryland? If he wins, it’s the stuff of storybooks.”
Eric Buchman: “Not an intimidating table presence, but his reads and instincts are sharp and, with plenty of chips, the 30-year-old New York pro won’t do anything outlandish to lose them.”
Steve Begleiter: “From his final days at Bear Stearns to the final table here, it’s been an odyssey for the 47-year-old amateur. He might have more gamble in him than anyone left – he won’t shy away from mixing it up.”
Jeff Shulman: “Until now, the Card Player magazine publisher has avoided big pots and played stay-out-of-harm’s-way poker. He likely will continue to avoid the big misstep – unless he’s already made one hiring Phil Hellmuth as his coach.”
Joe Cada: “At 21, he could become youngest Main Event champion ever. He’s even-keeled and selectively aggressive – sort of like last year’s youngest Main Event champ ever, Peter Eastgate.”
Antoine Saout: “He’s an engineering school dropout who only took up poker seriously a couple of years ago and now – in his first World Series of Poker ever – can become the first Frenchman to win the Main Event. Only in America.”
Phil Ivey: “He’s Phil Ivey. Next case. Can the game’s greatest player navigate a field of 6,494 to win the game’s greatest event? Yes. He’s Phil Ivey — short of stack but long on skill, and in his prime.”
Kevin Schaffel: “At first glance – at age 51, the oldest player left – the affable amateur is outclassed by this group. But then how do you explain that this is the third time in six years he’s cashed in massive Main Event fields?”
James Akenhead: “He hopes to be the first Brit to win it all. The good news for him is that he’s level-headed; the bad news is that he’s short-stacked. He’ll need some luck early for any chance to be around late.”