Nevada Congresswoman Defends iGaming Legality in Letter to Department of Justice

Nevada Congresswoman Defends iGaming Legality in Letter to Department of Justice

Continuing an ongoing dialogue between lawmakers and the Department of Justice (DOJ) regarding online gambling’s legality, Representative Diane Titus (D-1) of Nevada defended the Silver State’s iGaming industry in an open letter.

Writing to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, Titus argued against reversing a 2011 memorandum issued by the DOJ’s Office of Legal Counsel limiting the federal Wire Act’s iGaming ban to sports betting.

Prior to the memo’s release, the Wire Act of 1961 – which prohibited sports wagering via telephonic means – had been interpreted to form the basis of a full ban on internet gambling operations of any form, known as the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act (UIGEA) of 2006.

When the DOJ shifted their stance, individual states were effectively free to pass legislation to legalize and regulate online poker and casino games.

Nevada became the second state to successfully pass an iGaming bill in February of 2013, joining Delaware, and within two months, the Ultimate Poker platform became the first legal iGaming site to go live within the U.S. New Jersey also legalized online poker that year, along with casino games, and Pennsylvania passed a comprehensive iGaming package in late 2017.

As a result, conservative donor and billionaire casino owner Sheldon Adelson has allied with conservative lawmakers on Capitol Hill to back a series of bills purporting to “Restore America’s Wire Act” (RAWA). While those efforts have proved to be toothless thus far, Adelson continues to fund the Coalition to Stop Internet Gambling (CSIG) and the arrival of ardent anti-gambling voice Jeff Sessions as Attorney General has revived the RAWA debate.

Sessions was forced to recuse himself from iGaming-related policymaking after he stated that he was “shocked” by the 2011 memo during his Senate confirmation hearings.

Titus opened her letter to Rosenstein by reminding the DOJ’s second in command of that memo’s clearly delineated directives:

“This opinion clarified that the Wire Act only applies to sports betting and does not prohibit other forms of online gaming.”

She then pointed to Nevada’s successful track record regulating online poker for the last five years as proof that iGaming legal states are thriving under the new laws:

“Much of the legal gaming in the U.S. occurs in my congressional district. Accordingly, Nevada has set the gold standard when it comes to gaming regulation and consumer protections.

In Las Vegas we have seen that a regulated market is always better than an illegal one.

Internet gaming will not go away with a reversal of the Wire Act guidance; it will merely push more consumers into black markets. A reversal will only hurt business.”

Titus also refuted claims made by Senators Lindsey Graham (R-SC) – sponsor of the original RAWA bill in 2014 – and Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), who jointly authored their own letter to Rosenstein requesting the 2011 memo be reexamined:

“The Graham-Feinstein letter uses fear tactics and hyperbolic language to emphasize their distaste for online gaming.

While they claim online gaming ‘preys on children,” in Nevada there are effective technological safeguards in place to verify age and location. In contrast, unregulated internet gaming sites provide no assurances that minors will be prevented from gambling.”

In closing, Titus observed that regulated iGaming industries force unregulated sites out of the marketplace altogether, significantly improving consumer protections:

“There is copious evidence that businesses involved in illegal online gaming have left the regulated online gaming markets in Nevada, Delaware and New Jersey.

I encourage you to carefully study this issue and consult with industry leaders, regulators and consumers before reversing Wire Act guidance in a way that could eliminate jobs in the online gaming industry, infringe on states’ rights, and exacerbate growth of the illegal online gaming market.”

In January, a bipartisan group of Congressional delegates from New Jersey – where iGaming revenue reached $ 245 million last year – also responded to the Graham-Feinstein letter by writing directly to Rosenstein.

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Louisiana Becomes the Latest State to Introduce Online Gambling Legislation

Louisiana Becomes the Latest State to Introduce Online Gambling Legislation

Louisiana just joined the list of states with an online gambling bill under consideration, courtesy of state senator Daniel Martiny (R-10).

Martiny introduced Senate Bill 322 on March 2, and at the moment, the four-page document merely provides an outline for Louisiana voters to decide the iGaming issue directly. If passed, S-322 would call for a public referendum to be held during the upcoming November election cycle.

A proposition added to the ballot in each of Louisiana’s 64 parishes would pose the following question to voters:

“Shall internet gaming be allowed to be conducted within the parish of _____?”

SB-322 is designed to give the state flexibility in implementing online gambling, as individual parishes can approve or reject the proposition through a simple majority vote. In parishes that pass the measure, the Louisiana Gaming Control Board (LGCB) would then partner with local gaming board authorities to develop a regulatory framework for licensing and supervising iGaming operations.

The bill would also establish a system whereby iGaming providers must partner with Louisiana’s licensed riverboat and land-based casinos to obtain an internet gaming license. This would follow the successful model currently utilized in New Jersey, where state-licensed casinos in Atlantic City have been linked with online poker and casino platforms since 2013. Last year alone, New Jersey’s iGaming industry generated nearly $ 250 million in revenue while sending millions into state coffers via taxes and licensing fees.

SB-322 doesn’t address taxation or licensing fees, but the bill offers a general framework for classifying legal forms of internet gambling:

“Proposed law defines ‘Internet gaming’ as any variation or composite of an authorized game that is offered through the internet, provided that such games, or variations or composites, are found suitable for use by the board and any other game which is determined to be suitable by the board.

The term includes gaming tournaments conducted via the internet in which players compete against one another in one or more games authorized by the board.”

Only players 21 and over who are physically located in a parish which voted in favor of the ballot proposition would be permitted to gamble online. Furthermore, legal iGaming wouldn’t go live in Louisiana until January 1 of 2020 at the earliest.

Martiny – who previously held a seat in the Louisiana House of Representatives from 1994 through 2008 – serves Jefferson Parish, which includes sections of the New Orleans metropolitan area. In his position as chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee, Martiny will be able to influence fellow lawmakers to support SB-322 in exchange for favorable votes on other issues.

SB-322 is the third gambling-related bill taken up by Louisiana legislators in the last week.

State representative Major Thibaut (D-18) introduced House Bill 245 – which would expand the state’s current laws on horserace wagering to include all forms of sports betting – on March 1.

On March 5, state representative Kirk Talbot (R-78) introduced House Bill 484 in an attempt to regulate the daily fantasy sports (DFS) industry.

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Updated Futures Betting Odds for the 2018 Stanley Cup

Updated Futures Betting Odds for the 2018 Stanley Cup

Back in October, when online sportsbook Bovada released its opening odds for 2018 Stanley Cup futures betting, the Tampa Bay Lightning and Vegas Golden Knights couldn’t be further apart.

The Lightning, led by sniper Steven Stamkos, were listed among the NHL’s top contenders at (+1200). Meanwhile, entering their first season as an expansion franchise, the Golden Knights came in dead last at (+20000).

Today, the latest odds update puts the league-leading Lightning (46-17-4; 96 points) at the head of the pack with a (+550) price. But with the playoffs fast approaching, a Golden Knights (42-19-5; 87 points) team that has stunned the sporting world all season sits at (+600) to hoist the Cup.

Assembled largely from castoffs discarded by other teams in the expansion draft – as well as deft maneuvering in free agency by general manager George McPhee – a Vegas team expected to compete for draft position is primed for a playoff run.

Leading goal scorer William Karlsson has potted 35 thus far, while David Perron paces the team in assists with 44 helpers. And with three-time Cup winning goalie Marc-Andre Fleury looking like his old self in the crease, the Golden Knights have built a comfortable nine-point lead in the Pacific.

As for the Lightning, the return of Stamkos after last year’s season-ending injury has certainly been a spark – but the offensive load has been shouldered by NHL points leader Nikita Kucherov (33-53-86). Add in the goaltending exploits of Andrei Vasilevskiy, the league-leader with 39 wins, and Tampa Bay appears poised to capture the Presidents’ Trophy, if not the Cup.

Their closest competitor on the Bovada betting board is the Nashville Predators (43-14-9; 95 points), who actually have identical odds at (+550) after opening the year at (+1400). After last year’s “Smashville” squad fell to Pittsburgh in a six-game Stanley Cup final, pundits may have expected a hangover effect, but the Preds have already eclipsed last year’s point total with over a dozen games to go.

The Boston Bruins (41-15-8; 90 points) are next up at (+800), and while they trail the Lightning by six points in the Atlantic, three games in hand essentially puts them in a dead heat. Searching for their seventh Stanley Cup in franchise history, the Bruins have steadily climbed the betting board since opening the season at (+1800).

At (+850), the two-time defending champion Pittsburgh Penguins (38-25-4; 80 points) close out the list of contenders offering better than 10 to 1. They haven’t moved much from an opening line of (+850), and while it hasn’t been a perfect season for the Pens, elite scorers like Sidney Crosby (22-48-70) and Evgeni Malkin (37-45-82) are more than enough to mask this dynasty’s deficiencies.

On the other side of the spectrum, the Chicago Blackhawks (29-30-8; 66 points) and New York Rangers (30-31-6; 66 points) are by far the league’s biggest disappointments.

The Blueshirts and Hawks opened the year at (+1400) and (+1600), respectively, but their last place performances have seen them plummet to “off the board” status.

See below for all the info on the 23 teams still vying for the most coveted trophy in all of sports, as currently listed on Bovada:

2018 NHL Stanley Cup Odds on Bovada

Team Stanley Cup Odds on 3/7
Tampa Bay Lightning +550
Nashville Predators +550
Vegas Golden Knights +600
Boston Bruins +800
Pittsburgh Penguins +850
Winnipeg Jets +1000
Toronto Maple Leafs +1500
Washington Capitals +1600
Anaheim Ducks +2000
Philadelphia Flyers +2000
Dallas Stars +2200
Los Angeles Kings +2200
Minnesota Wild +2500
San Jose Sharks +2500
St. Louis Blues +3500
Calgary Flames +5000
New Jersey Devils +5000
Columbus Blue Jackets +5000
Colorado Avalanche +5000
Florida Panthers +5000
Carolina Hurricanes +6600
New York Islanders +10000
Detroit Red Wings +30000

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DraftKings Fills Head of Sportsbook Position Ahead of Potential Federal Sports Betting Legalization

DraftKings Fills Head of Sportsbook Position Ahead of Potential Federal Sports Betting Legalization

With the United States Supreme Court widely expected to repeal the current federal ban on sports betting in the coming months, daily fantasy sports (DFS) titan DraftKings is preparing to enter a new arena.

In a press release issued today, DraftKings announced that U.K. iGaming expert Sean Hurley has been hired on to serve as the site’s first “Head of Sportsbook.”

In his new role, one which was recently added to the company’s organizational hierarchy, Hurley has been assigned to “help build, launch and drive the sports betting vertical at DraftKings.”

Hurley will report to Matt Kalish, the site’s chief revenue officer and cofounder. In the statement, Kalish praised Hurley’s previous work within the European iGaming space:

“Sean brings a wealth of gaming experience to DraftKings and furthers our ability to be a leader in the sports betting market.”

Prior to joining DraftKings, Hurley spent a year as the head of commercial for the London-based Amelco, a leading backend and B2B provider for major online sportsbooks such as Ladbrokes, Paddy Power, and William Hill. Hurley also serves as an advisor to Sports Data Labs, an international firm which specializes in collecting, collating, and analyzing athletic performance data on behalf of clients ranging from professional leagues to sportsbooks.

Based in Boston, DraftKings currently operates offices there and in New York City, but Hurley will report to the company’s recently opened office in Hoboken, New Jersey.

The Garden State is the driving force behind the current push for federal reform, which emerged from New Jersey’s repeated efforts to regulate sports betting on the state level. Voters approved a referendum to allow sportsbooks back in November of 2011, and the state legislature followed up in January of 2012 by passing a bill to that effect.

A coalition of collegiate and professional sports leagues – including the NCAA, NFL, NBA, MLB, and NHL – responded by filing suit in federal court, alleging that New Jersey’s efforts to regulate sports betting violated the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) of 1992. That law prohibits all but four states (Nevada, Delaware, Oregon, and Montana) from offering any form of wagering on athletics.

The resulting case, collectively known as Christie v. National Collegiate Athletic Association I, saw the Third Circuit rule against New Jersey under the pretense that PASPA precluded states from regulating sportsbooks. New Jersey refused to relent, passing a second Sports Wagering Act in 2014 which removed the state’s operational role by allowing Atlantic City casinos to run their respective sportsbooks.

Once again, the federal and appeals courts sided with the leagues, but in June of last year, the U.S. Supreme Court decided to hear New Jersey’s final appeal. Based on the initial oral arguments heard by the court, and leagues like the MLB and NBA publicly reversing their opposition to legal sports betting, industry experts and legal analysts widely expect the Court to rule in New Jersey’s favor.

The pivotal ruling will be handed down sometime between early March and late June, and if the Court favors New Jersey’s right to legalize sports betting, PASPA will be effectively repealed.

In its statement, DraftKings made it clear that Hurley’s hiring was based largely on the expectation of an imminent PASPA repeal:

“(Hurley) will focus on preparing Sportsbook as a potential new line of business for DraftKings in anticipation of the pending Supreme Court decision in Christie v. National Collegiate Athletic Association.”

DraftKings is hardly alone in anticipating the launch of legal sports betting industries throughout the U.S.

Atlantic City’s leading casino property, the Borgata, has already constructed a sports bar area designed for quick conversion to a sportsbook. Meanwhile, states like West Virginia, Kansas, and New York are currently moving sports betting bills through their legislatures.

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PokerStars’ Shift to Celebrity Sponsorships Sparks PartyPoker Signings

PokerStars’ Shift to Celebrity Sponsorships Sparks PartyPoker Signings

Following a wave of departures from the site’s Team Pro roster, PokerStars parent company The Stars Group is preparing for a new era of online poker marketing.

The world’s leading online poker room has parted ways with several high-profile professional players to ring in the new year.

Vanessa Selbst, who leads the women’s all-time tournament earnings list with over $ 11.8 million, announced her retirement from poker via Facebook on December 31. Less than a week later, Brazilian pro Felipe Ramos revealed that his Team Pro contract had not been renewed. Within days, Jason Mercier did the same, and by January’s end he was joined by European stars Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier and Marcin Horecki.

In his announcement, Ramos alluded to a strategic shift on the part of PokerStars, telling his Twitter followers that “the company’s priorities have changed.”

Grospellier made similar comments, observing that “Team Pro used to be a core part of their strategy, but it became evident this was not the case anymore during the last few years.”

After acquiring PokerStars in 2014, Canadian iGaming firm Amaya (now known as The Stars Group) began pivoting the site’s focus from high-volume pros to recreational players. As part of this transformation, PokerStars’ live tournament events were scaled back, while the online platform integrated casino and sports verticals, along with poker-based lottery games like “Spin and Go” tournaments.

PokerStars also drew the ire of top pros by severely rolling back the site’s rakeback and rewards programs last year.

In an interview with Mo Nuwwarah of PokerNews, Eric Hollreiser – who serves as director of corporate communications for The Stars Group – offered insight into the site’s Team Pro purge:

“For many years there was an arms race between PokerStars and Full Tilt Poker – and PartyGaming to a lesser extent – to see who can sign the most and ‘best’ pros.

After Black Friday and the demise of Full Tilt and our subsequent takeover of the brand, there was very little competition for sponsored Pros – and much lower global competition for live poker events in general.”

In lieu of pro players, The Stars Group has increasingly turned to athletes and actors to promote PokerStars.

A wave of signings in 2015 brought international soccer stars Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar Jr. aboard, along with tennis legend Rafael Nadal. Last year Olympic sprinter Usain Bolt became a PokerStars partner, while comedian and actor Kevin Hart has competed in several live high-roller tournaments as part of his campaign to “make poker fun again.”

Hollreiser linked the decision to let Team Pros walk to the success of celebrity sponsorship:

“As we increased the use of athletes, there was less demand for sponsored pros from our marketing teams.

So we continued to reduce the roster of Pros, while always adjusting the mix of players.

We also believed that our ambassadors should not solely be winners and credible/authentic poker players but should live and breathe the game, proactively creating excitement around it and generating multimedia content that reaches multiple audiences.”

PokerStars may not be in the sponsored pro game any longer, but its primary competitor is stepping up to fill the niche.

PartyPoker has been on a signing spree in recent months, adding top pros like Fedor Holz, Jason Koon, Martin Jacobsen, Kristen Bicknell, and Philipp Gruissem since September of last year.

Another star poached by PartyPoker is Ike Haxton, who lambasted his previous employer PokerStars in a 2016 statement announcing his departure from the Team Pro ranks:

“I believe PokerStars is behaving unethically.

Announcing in November that players who earned Supernova and Supernova Elite status in 2015 will not receive the benefits they had expected in 2016 strikes me as dishonest and unfair.

I cannot in good conscience continue to endorse a poker site that treats its players this way.”

Last week, Haxton sounded ready to represent PartyPoker to the best of his abilities:

“Being a public face, appearing in advertising, showing up at events, wearing their patch.

I’m optimistic that I’ll be in a good place to get player feedback to people who can make changes.

I think what PartyPoker is doing right now is pretty good. But having people who are engaged in the high-stakes tournament and cash game community can help them to adapt to serve those communities as well as they can.”

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Five Buddies in The european union Utilize Via the internet Playing Apps to Score €7.millions Bonus

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The largest online lotto jackpot in Ireland’s history has been paid out to five friends from Leinster.

Back on February 21, the five-member syndicate found themselves sitting down for a round of pints at Connolly’s Pub, located in the Donadea parish of County Kildare. As the head of the syndicate later recounted to the local Leinster Leader, the lotto enthusiasts usually take turns purchasing their Wednesday and Saturday Lotto draw tickets at brick and mortar shops.

But on this day, the group decided to use the National Lottery online app to get in the game – and they’re definitely glad they did.

When the hopper stopped turning and delivered numbers 9, 26, 27, 29, 31, and 47 – with a bonus number of 30 – the syndicate’s online ticket matched up perfectly. The five pals – who have elected to remain anonymous at this time – combined to claim the entire €7,179,959 jackpot, which comes to €1,435,991 if they split the prize evenly.

According to a press release issued by the Irish National Lottery, this marked the fifth time that an online ticket has triggered a Lotto jackpot – and the largest to date since online ticket sales began in 2009. The previous record occurred in 2010, when a Dublin-based syndicate scored for €5.5 million.

One member of the record-setting quintet later told lotto officials how it felt to be the first among his peers to learn about the life-changing news:

“I heard on the news while I was driving that the Lotto was won by an online player.

My heart skipped a beat and I pulled over and checked the numbers against ours, and they were matching! I sat in the car for a few minutes unable to process what was happening.

Eventually I just rang the other members and started spreading the word.”

The syndicate’s organizer also spoke to the Irish National Lottery to describe the thrilling moment when his phone started ringing off the hook:

“It’s a surreal feeling but it is absolutely fantastic to share this experience with my friends. Even though we aren’t going to tell anyone else about our stroke of luck, this is something we will have forever with each other.

It was funny, I checked my phone this morning and saw 32 missed calls from the other members of the syndicate.

The last thing I expected was the news that we had won the Lottery – I was expecting bad news to be honest.”

The Lotto utilizes a minimum of two lines per ticket, with a total cost for two lines coming to €4. As a standard 6/47 lotto draw – in which players must choose six numbers from a set of 1-47 and match all six – the odds of winning the jackpot stand at 1 in 10.7 million.

February 21 proved to be the perfect day to play the lotto in Ireland, as the Daily Million draw also produced a €1 million jackpot winner in Dublin.

Lotto officials pointed out the double-whammy when speaking to Dublin Live:

“There is great excitement in Lotto HQ today as we celebrate two massive wins in the one day – a €7.1m Lotto Jackpot winner and a Daily Millions winner.”

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Betting Preview for 2018 MLB Season Win Totals

Betting Preview for 2018 MLB Season Win Totals

Hot stove season has largely ended, Spring Training has arrived, and with 30 squads currently suiting up for Cactus and Grapefruit League games, Major League Baseball (MLB) is officially back in action.

Accordingly, baseball bettors are beginning to size up season win totals for all 30 MLB teams.

Assessing win totals on the diamond can be notoriously difficult, however, as shown by last year’s final standings.

Two teams that managed to win more than 100 games last year – the Los Angeles Dodgers (104) and Houston Astros (101) – squared off in a truly epic seven-gamer to decide the World Series. But before the 2017 campaign was underway, preseason touts tabbed the Dodgers to win 91.5 games, and the Astros only 87.5 – a combined whiff of 26 games.

Meanwhile, the New York Mets and San Francisco Giants were expected to contend at 89.5 and 87.5 wins, respectively. Instead, the Mets could only scrape together a 70-92 season, while the Giants tied for the worst record in baseball at 64-98.

Despite last year’s unpredictability, online sportsbook Bovada played it safe when calculating win totals for 2018.

The defending World Series champion Astros top the American League (AL) table at 96.5 wins, while the Dodgers lead the National League (NL) with a 96.5-win expectation.

And the teams they defeated in the League Championship series – the New York Yankees and the Chicago Cubs, respectively – are next up at 94.5 wins each.

In fact, the eight teams that reached the divisional round of last year’s postseason hold the top-four win totals in their respective leagues. The Cleveland Indians (94.5) and Boston Red Sox (91.5) round out the top AL contenders, while the Washington Nationals and Arizona Diamondbacks (85.5) complete the NL’s fearsome foursome.

Offseason acquisitions were scarce this winter, but the big bats were signed by AL East powerhouses.

After adding Giancarlo Stanton and his NL-leading 59 home runs to a lineup that already featured AL-leader Aaron Judge (52), the Bronx Bombers will live up to the name with the most powerful 3-4 punch in baseball.

The ‘Stros surged to their first World Series title on the strength of their pitching staff, led by aces Justin Verlander and Dallas Keuchel. But with the Yankees brandishing a loaded lineup, Houston bolstered their rotation by trading for Pittsburgh Pirates ace and former all-star Gerrit Cole.

And following an extended negotiation, the Red Sox finally bagged their most coveted free agent by signing slugger J.D. Martinez away from the Diamondbacks. The man they call “Just Dingers” only appeared in 116 games last season, but he went yard 49 times while playing for the Tigers and D-Backs.

It’s a different story over in the NL, where the Dodgers let starter Yu Darvish walk and sign with the Cubs, who seem to be replacing former ace, and as yet unsigned free agent, Jake Arrieta.

For a full look at win totals and Over/Under odds for all 30 teams in MLB, take a look below:

2018 AL Win Totals

Team Win Total Over Under
Houston Astros 96.5 -130 EVEN
Cleveland Indians 94.5 -125 -105
New York Yankees 94.5 -120 -110
Boston Red Sox 91.5 -150 +120
Los Angeles Angels 84.5 -145 +115
Minnesota Twins 82.5 -150 +120
Seattle Mariners 81.5 -125 -105
Toronto Blue Jays 81 -125 -105
Tampa Bay Rays 77.5 +195 -250
Texas Rangers 77.5 +125 -155
Oakland Athletics 74.5 -125 -105
Baltimore Orioles 73 -105 -125
Kansas City Royals 71.5 +110 -140
Detroit Tigers 68.5 +125 -155
Chicago White Sox 68 -200 +160

2018 NL Win Totals

Team Win Total Over Under
Los Angeles Dodgers 96.5 +120 -150
Chicago Cubs 94.5 EVEN -130
Washington Nationals 92.5 -145 +115
Arizona Diamondbacks 85.5 EVEN -130
St. Louis Cardinals 85.5 -135 +105
Milwaukee Brewers 84.5 -125 -105
Colorado Rockies 82 -125 -105
San Francisco Giants 81.5 -200 +160
New York Mets 81 -155 +125
Philadelphia Phillies 75.5 -165 +135
Atlanta Braves 74.5 -150 +120
Cincinnati Reds 73.5 -155 +125
Pittsburgh Pirates 73 -120 -110
San Diego Padres 69.5 -175 +145
Miami Marlins 64.5 +110 -140

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Poker Central Releases ESPN Broadcast Schedule for WSOP Main Event and Big One for One Drop

Poker Central Releases ESPN Broadcast Schedule for WSOP Main Event and Big One for One Drop

When the World Series of Poker (WSOP) released the schedule for its 49th annual edition in December, poker players worldwide began marking their calendars – and today poker fans can do the same.

Broadcasting partners Poker Central and ESPN issued a joint statement last week to hype the sports channel’s continuous coverage of the 2018 WSOP Main Event. This year will see ESPN broadcast at least 40 hours of semi-live coverage – on a 30-minute delay to comply with Nevada gaming regulations – supplemented by 130 more hours of originally produced content.

The WSOP Main Event features a $ 10,000 buy-in and no reentries, with the winner crowned the World Champion of No Limit Texas Hold’em. The tournament kicks off on July 2 and runs though July 14, with upwards of 7,000 players vying for the game’s most coveted title – along with a WSOP gold bracelet and several million in prize money.

ESPN’s sister channel ESPN-2 will carry the bulk of the network’s Main Event coverage, which includes everything from the three “Day 1” starting flights to the final table endgame.

And along with the Main Event, ESPN viewers can also watch the WSOP’s largest buy-in tournament, the $ 1 million buy-in Big One for One Drop. This biannual high-roller affair returns to the Rio All Suite Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas for the first time since 2014, following a 2016 hiatus in Macau. In the last edition held at the WSOP proper, Dan Colman took home the bracelet and more than $ 15 million in winnings.

In a change of pace from year’s past, the Big One for One Drop will take place after the Main Event concludes, running from July 15-17. This scheduling adjustment allows well-heeled pros who happen to make a deep run in the Main Event time to hop in the high-roller.

In the joint press release, WSOP executive director Ty Stewart commented on the productive relationship between broadcast partners Poker Central and ESPN, which joined forces ahead of last year’s series. Stewart spoke specifically to the shift from ESPN’s previous model – which was based on broadcasting produced episodes well after the WSOP ended – and Poker Central’s semi-live daily coverage:

“We’re ecstatic that ESPN and Poker Central continue to raise the bar and deliver more live poker content to audiences across the globe.

Fans today demand immediacy and wall-to-wall coverage and this year’s offering delivers on that in spades.”

Poker Central’s chief digital officer J.R. McCabe observed a link between semi-live coverage and an uptick in WSOP viewership last summer:

“Last year, both ESPN viewership and PokerGO subscription numbers were very strong throughout the WSOP Main Event.

This year, we’re doubling down on live coverage of the World Series of Poker by adding the Big One for One Drop and bringing even more live poker to fans worldwide.”

Doug White, who serves as senior director of programming and acquisitions for ESPN, highlighted the expanded schedule’s ability to reach poker fans:

“ESPN has a long-running relationship with the World Series of Poker, and we are always looking for ways to bring viewers the most preeminent coverage.

By doubling down on our broadcast and digital platform coverage, we’re going to bring fans and viewers even closer to the sport’s biggest events from all aspects and angles.”

Poker Central will announce the live streaming schedule for its PokerGO app at some point between now and May. For now, check out the table below to see exactly what ESPN has in store for its coverage for two of the WSOP’s most high-profile events:

2018 WSOP Broadcast Schedule on ESPN

July 2 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. (ET) Main Event (Day 1A) ESPN-2
July 3 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. (ET) Main Event (Day 1B) ESPN-2
July 4 8:30 p.m. to 12 a.m. (ET) Main Event (Day 1C) ESPN-2
July 5 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. (ET) Main Event (Day 2A/B) ESPN-2
July 6 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. (ET) Main Event (Day 2C) ESPN-2
July 7 6 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. (ET) Main Event (Day 3) ESPN-2
July 8 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. (ET) Main Event (Day 4) ESPN-2
July 9 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. (ET) Main Event (Day 5) ESPN-2
July 10 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. (ET) Main Event (Day 6) ESPN
July 11 12:30 a.m. to 2 a.m. (ET) Main Event (Day 7) ESPN-2
July 12 9 p.m. to Six Players Main Event (Day 8) ESPN
July 13 9 p.m. to Three Players Main Event (Day 9) ESPN
July 14 9 p.m. to Winner Main Event (Day 10) ESPN
July 16-17 12 a.m. to 2 a.m. (ET) Big One for One Drop (Live) ESPN-2
July 17 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Big One for One Drop (Replay) ESPN-2
July 17 9 p.m. to Winner Big One for One Drop (Live) ESPN-2
July 21 11 p.m. to 1 a.m. Big One for One Drop (Replay) ESPN-2

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