888Poker Sponsors WSOP Live Stream Coverage
888 is sponsoring the 2013 World Series of Poker live streaming internet coverage for audiences outside the US. Almost all final tables will be broadcast during the seven-week poker festival in Las Vegas. The WSOP’s US-based poker audience will be able to access a similar ESPN-branded feed.
The global internet broadcast, branded under the 888poker name as part of the site’s sponsorship deal with the WSOP, was scheduled to kick off with yesterday’s coverage of the casino employees event; however, the coverage was cancelled at the last moment due to an unforeseen power outage. Online streaming coverage is scheduled to run through the second week of July.
The live stream will include players’ hole-cards on a brief delay to prevent information from being relayed immediately to other players at the tables.
According to 888Poker’s Director, Gareth “Gaz” Edwards, “We are delighted to continue our partnership with the WSOP, and look forward to bringing viewers all the action straight from the Rio to their PC’s or mobile device. We have some great commentators lined up and [are] expecting some great poker entertainment.”
888’s livestream sponsorship is just another example of the close relationship it has with Caesars in online poker: 888 offers online qualifiers to this summer’s WSOP main event, it runs a wsop.co.uk branded skin on the international network, and a Nevada-regulated online poker room is on track to be launched this summer.
888 provided live streaming coverage of WSOP Asia-Pacific tournaments in Australia earlier this year on 888PokerTV and are scheduled to do the same for the World Series of Poker Europe in France beginning in October.