With poker on television in Australia about to hit the main stream public in a big way with poker TV shows such as Australian Poker Hero and The Poker Star set to launch on free-to-air television in the coming weeks, hardcore poker fans will be delighted that their cable TV screens have recently been filled by the commencement of ESPN’s 2009 World Series of Poker Main Event coverage.
Every Sunday night from 9:00pm AEST you can tune into ESPN for all of the action from the biggest poker tournament in the world. The 2009 WSOP Main Event saw 6,494 players take to the felt with hundreds of Australians taking their shot at fame and fortune.
As the weeks develop you’ll see plenty of Australians mixing it up on the big stage with the best in the world including 2005 World Champion Joe Hachem, Daniel Neilson, Tian Shou, Australia’s last female standing Emma Grace and Australia’s last man standing, Australian Poker League qualifier Charlie Elias who ended up capturing a huge slice of the WSOP pie to bring back down under.
Besides the Australian contingent, this year’s WSOP Main Event saw some amazing poker with all of the biggest names in the world competing for the grand prize. Bertrand “ElKY” Grospellier’s surge to the top of the pack on Day 3 was a highlight as were the memorable runs of 2009 Main Event final tablist Dennis Phillips and the defending champion in Peter Eastgate.
Of course as the weeks go on and the coverage gets deeper into the WSOP Main Event, the talk is all about the November Nine as we see Darwin Moon’s rise to fame and fortune. But the biggest talking point this year is without doubt the incredible form of arguably the greatest player in the world today, Full Tilt Poker Pro Phil Ivey.
The seven-time bracelet winner had already amazed the world with his two bracelet wins during the 2009 World Series of Poker, so for Ivey to make such a huge run in the WSOP Main Event created an enormous buzz amongst the poker industry. As the episodes unfold on ESPN and the Ivey story starts to reach the public eye, the Ivey-train will gather momentum leading up to the November Nine.
The ESPN continues from now right through until November where the players will return to the Rio Hotel and Casino to crown poker’s newest World Champion.
Follow the build up to the November Nine on ESPN every Sunday night, but if you miss an episode on Sunday night, don’t worry as ESPN will run replays every Tuesday night at 11:30pm.
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