Clear your schedules and set your DVRs, because there is about to be a whole lot more poker to watch on TV.
We’ve been hinting at it for some time, and now it’s official. The North American Poker Tour is headed to the ESPN broadcast schedule.
The NAPT announced this week that 16 original hours of programming will appear on ESPN2 beginning in April. That monster block of poker shows will include all the NAPT stops, including January’s PokerStars Caribbean Adventure and this weekend’s stop at The Venetian in Las Vegas.
“Having the North American Poker Tour on ESPN2 is going to take poker on this continent to a different level,” said Team PokerStars.net Pro Daniel Negreanu. “With some of the most important gaming venues in the US on board and the reach of ESPN2, the NAPT is set to bring the excitement of world-class tournament poker to millions who love this game as much as I do.”
In addition to broadcasting the Main Event of this weekend’s Venetian contest, ESPN2 will also show the brand new $25,000 buy-in Invitational High Roller Bounty Shootout tournament, featuring 36 of the biggest names in poker battling it out for a spot at a winner-take-all final table. All of it will be taped and produced by 441 productions, the same company that produces the top-notch WSOP coverage.
As if that wasn’t enough, PokerStars.tv has a full line-up of live programming already set for next week.
February 23, 11:00 ET: Bounty Shoot Out Round 1
February 24, 14:00 ET: Main Event Final Table
February 25, 14:00 ET: Bounty Shootout Final Table
You can watch all of it on PokerStars.tv’s live channel. Of course, if you dig words and pictures and much as the video, we’ll be live blogging all the action of the Bounty Shootout and Main Event beginning Saturday right here.
Stay tuned for more NAPT announcements in the coming days.