November Nine Expansion Highlights 2015 WSOP Changes

Those who join the 2014 November Nine (pictured) and all previous groups who've reached poker's most sought after final table in 2015 will have to fight  through three days of poker to win the Main Event. (Drew Amato photo)

Those who join the 2014 November Nine (pictured) and all previous groups who’ve reached poker’s most sought after final table in 2015 will have to fight through three days of poker to win the WSOP Main Event this time around. (Drew Amato photo)

The World Series of Poker announced big news on several fronts for the 2015 WSOP Tuesday, with a major change to the way the November Nine plays out leading the way.

The live ESPN broadcast of the November Nine expands from two days to three for the first time in 2015, with coverage starting on Sunday, November 8 at 8:30 pm ET on ESPN. Action switches over to ESPN2 at 11 pm ET and continues until four players remain; the second day of coverage, also on ESPN2, starts at 8 pm ET on November 9 and will go until they reach heads-up play. The heads-up battle for the bracelet airs live Tuesday night starting at 9 pm ET on ESPN.

Nine total weeks of WSOP Main Event coverage will air on ESPN, with the first three weeks airing in two hour blocks on Mondays starting September 14 before shifting to Sundays starting October 4. The five weeks of Main Event broadcasts leading up to the live final table will expand to 2.5 hours of coverage a week. ESPN2 will also air the WSOP National Championship final table in a two hour broadcast on August 18.

The Online Championships will run concurrently with online satellites throughout the 2015 WSOP, but a big change in Nevada Gaming Commision regulations will likely affect how players approach playing online this summer. Only one player per IP address can play in a given tournament or cash game, meaning any poker player living in a house with other like-minded individuals might have to look elsewhere for a location to play one of these online championship events or the first ever WSOP online bracelet event.

Those hoping to play at the Rio will be happy to know that all Caesars properties have been whitelisted from that restriction. Caesars is also working to ensure that by the start of the WSOP, players will be able to make cash deposits in person at the cage of any Caesars property in Nevada, should they so choose.

Players hoping to reserve a safety deposit box can now pre-register for one and pay upon their arrival at the Rio. The total cost is $300, with $100 of that sum standing as a deposit that will be returned at the end of the summer.

Other highlights:

  • Modiano replaces Bicycle as the official playing card of the World Series of Poker. The Italian company, founded in the late 19th century, will provide upwards of 50,000 decks of 100 percent plastic cards for the 2015 WSOP.
  • Jostens will provide all of the WSOP bracelets for 2015. Jostens has crafted championship rings for all four major sports, dating as far back as the 1960 Pittsburgh Pirates.
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Tim Fiorvanti

Tim Fiorvanti graduated from St. John's University with a B.S. in Journalism in 2008. After several years in the industry, he started working for BLUFF in the summer of 2010. He worked his way up at BLUFF and joined full time as a Senior Writer in April of 2012. Fiorvanti now serves as the Managing Editor of BLUFF. He's a tortured Mets and Jets fan, along with several other frustrating allegiances, but he's also a two-time defending BLUFF Fantasy Football Champion.
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