There was some debate as to whether or not ESPN would be broadcasting the WSOP, or World Series of Poker, this year. Rest assured though that the answer is, yes! ESPN has famously agreed over the years to broadcast the tournament live. Part of the reason of course has been the huge growth that poker has experienced over the years. There have been plenty of changes in terms of poker gaming too. If you look at the WSOP just ten years ago, you are going to see a fun tournament but with payouts in the hundreds-of-thousands of dollars. Not that that is anything to discount, but it still was a moderate payout for playing an excellent game of poker. Now though, things are vastly different. If you look at the WSOP as of the past few years you can see how numerous table winners end up walking away with millions of dollars in payouts. They get to the main table and have the chance for a truly life-changing amount of money for their gambling. This is a change that has brought the WSOP and poker in general into the mainstream. No longer is it an underground game or a game considered for a small niche market of gamblers.
Now you are going to see corporate sponsors advertising at the WSOP and sponsoring it any chance they can. They know how popular the game is and they want in on the WSOP. Considering that ESPN agreed once again to carry coverage, you can expect that there are going to be more people than ever who are going to be watching the games. You also can expect that the payouts this time are going to be even bigger than the past few years. The WSOP has a great history of snowballing every year to a bigger and better tournament. Just tune into ESPN and you are going to quickly see why the game is so popular in the market and why it continues to attract more gamers every month.