WSOP: RFID technology added to live streaming for 2013

Live web streaming will be available to all Aussie poker fans of all final tables during the 2013 World Series of Poker exclusively on

Up to two final tables a day will be streamed with scheduled start times of 1pm or 2pm Vegas time (6am or 7am AEST time) with firm times to be announced via the WSOP’s official Twitter feed at

The primary stream will feature six different cameras along with announcer/analyst audio and for the very first time – card graphics – including hole card information. This means, all WSOP streams with hole card graphics will stream on a 30-minute delay.

These webcasts will feature flop games in most instances and be streamed from the main WSOP TV set inside the Amazon Ballroom at the Rio. The card information will be made available to viewers for the first time using RFID (radio-frequency identification) technology.

Each card has a microchip embedded in it that has no impact on the cards or play, but with a specially-outfitted poker table, can send an encrypted signal to decipher the card’s rank and suit. The WSOP has used this technology successfully during the 2012-13 WSOP Circuit.

Play-by-play anchor David Tuchman will serve as the WSOP’s official announcer for the primary webcasts and will be joined by a rotating group of player analysts.

All live coverage on is on either a 30-minute or a five-minute delay. When the delay is 30 minutes, hole cards will be shown. When the delay is five minutes, the coverage will be without hole cards (community & “all-in” cards will be shown).

• Starting tomorrow, PMA will provide a daily wrap-up of all the news and results from the 2013 WSOP. We’ll include relevant broadcast information should Australian players run deep in any bracelet events.

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