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This is the moment you have been waiting for... the 2009 Main Event will be aired on ESPN tonight at 8pm ET. Episodes are an hour long and they'll be airing two episodes every Tuesday. Check local listings for more info.
This year, ESPN expanded their Main Event coverage and de-emphasized preliminary events aside from the made for TV snoozefests in the Champions Invitational and the celebrity/charity Ante Up for Africa event. As you already know, the $50K HORSE event was not televised and the special anniversary $40K NL was aired instead.
In the last few years, I avoided watching the WSOP on TV mainly because the summers are the toughest part of the year for me and watching the episodes triggers a flood of bad memories.
This year, it's different and I can't wait to see the expanded coverage of the Main Event. 441 Productions (the crew who shoots and splices together the episodes for ESPN) does an amazing job telling stories about the unknown players. You know about a couple of the November Niners like that Phil Ivey guy and Happy Shulman (who I actually saw at a Phish show in Colorado a couple of weeks ago), but the other seven are sort of a mystery... until now.
Since I caught the poker bug, ESPN and the WSOP have had a symbiotic relationship and that partnership will continue for another seven years.
The November Nine
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Here's some of the Main Event coverage on Tao of Poker...
Day 37 - Main Event Day 1A: Summer of George?
Day 38 - Main Event Day 1B: Theme from the Bottom
Day 39 - Main Event 1C: Welcome to the Psychedelic Circus
Day 40 - Main Event Day 1D: No Soup for You
Day 41 - Dollar Bill Blues and What Does Benjo Think, Vol. 4
Day 42 - Main Event Day 2B: Schadenfreude
Day 44 - Main Event Day 3: Two Frenchies, One Cup
Day 45 - Main Event Day 4: Bubbles, Leap Frog, and What Does Benjo Think Vol. 5
Day 46 - Main Event Day 5: Rapido and The Rise of the DonkeyBomber
Day 47 - Main Event Day 6: When I'm 64
Day 48 - Main Event Day 7: Evil Lurks on the Cusp of Greatness
Day 49 - Main Event Day 8: Phil Ivey Advances to November Nine
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