Poker Coverage:

WSOP Main Event Ratings Drop in 2010

Viewers of Final Table Decrease By 26 Percent


Fewer people tuned in for this year's main event final tableThe 2010 World Series of Poker main event was the second largest in history, with 7,319 entrants creating a prize pool just shy of $69 million. It featured a big draw at its final table with veteran Michael Mizrachi attempting to win his second bracelet of the year and be crowned world champion. The winner would take home $8.9 million.

But according to, Tuesday night’s 125-minute ESPN final table broadcast had more than half a million fewer viewers than last year’s final table broadcast did. Figures show that viewers dropped by 26 percent, from 2.1 million in 2009 to 1.5 million this year.

Sons of Anarchy, on FX, was the top-rated cable program Tuesday night, with 3.1 million viewers.

The main event final table broadcast was pushed back an hour this year, starting at 10 p.m. instead of 9 p.m. like it did in 2009. For the first time ever, the final table was streamed live as it happened Saturday, on Hole cards were not shown until Tuesday’s ESPN broadcast.

The WSOP has signed on to continue showing its tournament series on ESPN through 2018.



12 years ago

3rd year of the Nov 9 and it's already starting to show that it just doesn't work. Too many episodes from Days 1 & 2 when very little of interest happens, not enough hands from the final table (heads up 2 hands WTF???) and not enough other tournaments covered. Poker is never going to be as big as it was 4 years ago, they should stop trying to make the impossible happen and just improve the coverage. Watch some WSOP from 2004-2006 it's just a better production, if you improve the quality maybe more poker fans will bother with it, as it is you have to watch for 6 weeks of unknown donkeys and the odd pro before you even get to the money bubble, it's nuts.


12 years ago

I agree, They need to have more bracelet events shown too, remember when they used to show a lot more of the prelim events? I miss those days.


12 years ago

I watch the episodes with the sound off because norman chad is to the point where he is too annoying to listen to anymore.
i'd like about 4 hours of coverage from the final two tables and 4 hours of coverage from the final table.
that is enough to get everyone caught up on personalities, what's been happening and getting a feel for the style of play of some or all of the players.
we don't need to know what celebrities have busted out in the first 2 hours on the first day.
we don't need to know what pros bust out on day 3, etc.