WSOPE Main Event 2009 Airs On ESPN2February 9, 2010 8:35 am
Sunday night poker fans were treated to three hours of ESPN2’s eight hour coverage of the World Series of Poker Europe Main Event 2009.
The program included action from Day 1A, 1B, Day 2, and concentrated its attention mostly on the featured table and “Table Two” which included a veritable constellation of stars, such as Doyle Brunson, Phil Hellmuth, Barry Greenstein, Daniel Negreanu, Chris Ferguson, Antonio Esfandiari, Annette Obrestad Patrik Antonius, John Juanda, and Scotty Nguyen.
Viewers were able to witness Phil Hellmuth’s dramatic entrance to the tournament dressed as Caesar and surrounded by a bevy of scantily dressed beauties. ESPN’s Norman Chad announced, “Frankly, I would revoke his passport,” while Brunson shook his head in disbelief and accused Hellmuth of “making a circus out of a poker game.” Brunson later commented, “I wish I could have applied for the role of Brutus.”
Annette Obrestad also demonstrated her famed reading skills against Daniel Negreanu after her Ac 7h made trips on a As Jd 4S Ad board but still check folded to Negreanu’s 3,000 bet.
By Day 2 Hellmuth was eliminated when he called all-in with his J 8 full house on a 8-10-Q-10-10, only to lose to higher full house held by Esfandiari with Q-J. Helmuth then exploded and said “How the f**k do you get so lucky and hit a 10 so you can move in there?” to which Esfandiari replied, “Nothing better than torturing Phil Hellmuth.”
By the end of the 3 hour long program we had witnessed Day 1 eliminations which included Bloch, Seed, Antonius, Bellande, Jeff Madsen, Ben Grundy, David Williams, and Ferguson while Howard Lederer, Matusow and Seidel were sent to the rail by Day 2.
WSOPE 2009 runner-up Negreanu could be seen picking up some momentum during the show and by the end of Day 2 was up to 113,100 in chips, while eventual winner Barry Shulman was conspicuously missing from any ESPN coverage.
The remaining five episodes can be seen on ESPN2 at the following times:
Sunday, February 14th: 11:00pm ET
Monday, February 15th: 12:00am ET
Monday, February 15th: 1:00am ET
Sunday, February 28th: 9:00pm ET
Sunday, February 28th: 10:00pm ET