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“Poker Night in America” Taping Two Television Events in August

 “Poker Night in America” Taping Two Television Events in August

Although it hasn’t been the groundbreaker that many thought it would be, the syndicated poker program Poker Night in America has continued to take its shots. In the month of August, the PNIA cameras will be traipsing the country in broadcasting four tournaments live while also taping cash game events and a “made for television” effort for future broadcast.

The Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open in Hollywood, FL, kicks off in a couple of days with a unique series of tournaments. Called “The Big 4,” the schedule of the SHRPO features (naturally) four tournaments that will play out simultaneously. Beginning on August 9, a $ 1100 No Limit Hold’em (NLHE) with a $ 500,000 guarantee will kick off the festivities for “The Big 4.” Following that the $ 5250 SHRPO Main Event (with a single re-entry) and a $ 3 million guarantee will open play on August 11.

As these two events play, two more will be started. On August 13, a $ 2650 NLHE (no rebuys) freeze-out tournament with a $ 1 million guaranteed prize pool will hit the felt and the $ 25,500 “High Roller” (re-entry allowed) with a $ 2 million guarantee will start on August 14. These tournaments will be running simultaneously as they lead to the penultimate day.

On August 15, “The Big 4” tournaments will all come to a conclusion. Beginning at noon, all four tournament final tables will be in action, crowning champions on each table. PNIA will be on hand to broadcast the action of all four tournaments over their Twitch channel beginning at 12:30 (Eastern Time). In charge of officiating the festivities will be noted poker commentator Ali Nejad and top professional poker player/analyst Maria Ho; both will be tested on the non-stop action that will be around the Hard Rock that day.

PNIA isn’t going to settle with broadcasting four tournaments at one time. Following the close of “The Big 4,” PNIA is going to feature a “High Roller” Cash Game from August 17-19. Although a player list for the three-day event hasn’t been released yet, PNIA officials are encouraging the public to come to the taping of these games beginning at 3PM (Eastern Time). PNIA will also stream the cash games on their Twitch channel.

Not content to take a break after such a hectic schedule, PNIA will only have a couple of days off before their next stream/taping session. Part of the show will be a unique heads up “made for television” matchup, while the second will be the traditional PNIA cash game.

On August 22, PNIA will travel to Schenectady, NY, and the Rivers Casino Resort for the inaugural “King of the Hill” competition. Four players – 14-time World Series of Poker bracelet winner Phil Hellmuth, former WSOP Player of the Year Frank Kassela, and WSOP bracelet winners and online terrors Daniel Cates and Doug Polk – will each put up $ 50,000 of the own money in a heads-up competition. After playing preliminary events on the 22nd, the final heads up match will be held on August 23, with the eventual champion walking off with the championship belt and, perhaps more importantly, the $ 200,000 prize pool in the “winner take all” match.

The preliminary action on August 22 will begin at 3PM (Eastern Time), with the live stream from PNIA starting (on delay) at 3:30. On August 23, the final match will start at 8PM (with the live stream beginning at 8:30) and the public is encouraged to turn out for the action. If people are unable to make it to Rivers Casino, the made-for-television event will be taped for broadcast on the CBS Sports Network.

After the “King of the Hill” has been determined, PNIA will have an “invite only” cash game that will be played over two days. From August 24-25, the seven-handed cash game will also be taped for posterity (and broadcast). As with the Seminole stop, players for the invite only game haven’t been announced yet by PNIA officials.

With all the action in August, it is good to see events – even if they are a “made-for-television” endeavor – outside of the major tournament circuits get some airtime. It is also good to see the cash games featured, something that has been a staple for PNIA. The live streams should prove to be exciting and, once edited for broadcast on the CBS Sports Network, should provide some more nuance beyond the raw feed.

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World Poker Tour Expanding Operations into India, South America With New Partnerships

 World Poker Tour Expanding Operations into India, South America With New Partnerships

The World Poker Tour has, at certain points in its history, stretched their moniker as far as “world.” For a few years, the organization barely left the States of America and, if it did, it was still on the North American continent. Of late, however, the WPT has been stretching out into the international market, as demonstrated by their latest endeavors on both sides of the globe.

The WPT and India-based announced that they would be collaborating to expand poker in the billion-people strong country. This Asia-Pacific expansion between the two groups will be twofold, with a new tournament – the WPTDeepStacks India – as well as a brand-new honor for yearly performance in the WPT India Player of the Year award. Between both endeavors, the WPT and are looking to make poker even bigger in the country.

“With a burgeoning poker community in a country with a population of more than 1.3 billion, India is one of the most important territories in the global poker landscape,” added Angelica Hael, the WPT’s Vice President of Global Tour Management. “Together with our partner, the WPT looks forward to not only sharing the WPT experience through the expansion of WPTDeepStacks to the region, but also giving Indian players incremental value with the WPT India Player of the Year award.”

“We are excited for WPT and Adda52 to take its partnership to new heights by bringing WPTDeepStacks to one of India’s most beautiful locations, Goa,” Anuj Gupta, the founder & Chief Executive Officer of, added. “WPTDeepStacks India will be an exceptionally unique event since the tournament will be held onboard a floating ship. As poker’s premier mid-major tournament circuit, WPTDeepStacks is the perfect fit for the Indian poker community.”

As Gupta stated, the WPTDeepStacks India will be held from November 7-13 at the Deltin Royale Casino in Goa, India. The $ 1000 buy-in tournament will be the capstone to the other innovation produced by the partnership between the WPT and Addar52, the WPT India Player of the Year award. Along with the DeepStacks tournament, two other events in India will be held to find the best player in the country.

From July 20-24, the Deltin Poker Tour Goa will hold a $ 540 Main Event, with the people who cash in the tournament earning all-important points towards the WPT India POY. From September 6-11, there will be another $ 540 tournament for the Deltin Poker Tour Goa where players can earn more points. Along with the November WPT DeepStacks tournament, the player who earns the most points through the three tournaments will win the WPT India Player of the Year award.

Danny McDonagh, the WPT Live Events Specialist, commented, “Alongside the outstanding team at, the World Poker Tour is proud to introduce a dedicated WPT India Player of the Year award to showcase the region’s top talent and to bring WPTDeepStacks to this flourishing market.” In making this statement, McDonagh also brought up the prizes for those who vie for this title. The eventual champion will be named Player of the Year and earn a $ 5000 credit for WPT events and Deltin tournaments during Season XVII of the WPT.

Alongside their stretch into the Asia-Pacific market, the WPT is also looking southward for more poker action. Earlier this week the WPT announced that they had paired with Enjoy Punta del Este in Uruguay to bring a televised poker event to the South American country. As a part of their Season XVI schedule, the new WPTDeepStacks Uruguay Main Event (with two opening day flights and a $ 1500 buy in) will play from November 1-5 this fall.

“With its entry into South America, the World Poker Tour is now on its fifth continent,” said Adam Pliska, the Chief Executive Officer of the WPT, in announcing the new stop. “As the WPT continues its global expansion, we look forward to showcasing the abundance of poker talent across the globe and bringing the game to new audiences worldwide, starting with Enjoy Punta del Este in Uruguay.”

“It is an honor that a company as prestigious as the World Poker Tour has chosen Enjoy Punta del Este to co-host the tour’s first televised event in South America,” said Sebastián Truffello, the General Manager of Enjoy Punta del Este. “It is no secret that the WPT features the best televised poker tournaments in the world, and it is our great pleasure to partner with the WPT for this extraordinary event. We have no doubt that the combination of Enjoy’s expertise and infrastructure, plus the incredible experience of participating in a world-class WPT televised tournament, will result in an incredible event for all of those who attend.”

It seems that the WPTDeepStacks event won’t be the only tournament going on around that time. Although it has yet to be finalized, there is a full schedule of preliminary events that will surround the WPT tournament in Punta del Este, promising plenty of poker action for all. For those that don’t do so well on the tables, there is plenty of beaches and entertainment to take the mind off the losses – at least for a bit.

The WPT – the organization where “world” was once a funny joke – is truly striving to make it an integral part of its being. With the new events spanning the globe in India and South America, the reach of the WPT seems to only become greater.

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Bodog Announces Latin America Expansion

 Bodog Announces Latin America Expansion

In an e-mail sent to its affiliate marketers this week, Bodog announced that it will be expanding into 15 Latin American countries next week. That concise e-mail is as follows:

We are excited to announce that, as of February 15, our partnered brands Bovada and Bodog will be launching their product offerings in Latin America.

Bovada Sports and Casino will be available in Mexico only while Bodog Poker, Casino, and Sports will launch in the following countries: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Columbia [sic], Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Paraguay, Peru and Venezuela.

Those Central and South American countries are not ones that normally get all that much press when it comes to online poker; most of the attention goes to the United States and various European countries primarily because of their large player pools and online gambling legal wranglings. But this is interesting not only because of the size of several of those countries but also because right now, Bodog and its related sites are only open to players in the United States, Canada, China, and Vietnam.

Bovada is the U.S.-facing arm that re-branded from Bodog a number of years ago; it will now serve just the United States and Mexico.

Thus, if you do the arithmetic, that means that Bodog itself is only accessible in Canada, China, and Vietnam (the latter two countries are served by the Bodog88 brand). Adding 15 more countries to the mix should be quite the boon for Bodog’s poker traffic.

You may notice in the e-mail above that it is Bovada Sports and Casino that will be available in Mexico. That name does not include the word “poker.” In August 2016, Bovada sold its online poker business to Ignition Casino. Bovada was one of the few poker networks/sites that still accepted U.S. customers; it’s American player-base went to Ignition, as did its Mexican players.

There is some confusion in the industry as to who Ignition actually is, but it seems to be very closely related to Bodog. Ignition and Bodog share player pools at the tables, so the expansion into Latin America will also help Ignition greatly. Speculation in the poker community is that much of the new traffic will be seen at micro and low stakes tables, as many of the new countries have households of lower average income than in the U.S. and Canada.

PokerScout currently ranks Ignition as the sixth-largest poker room or network on the internet with a seven-day average of 1,150 cash game players (note that this does not take into account tournament traffic), the same size as partypoker. Bodog has blocked PokerScout’s ability to see its traffic numbers for several years now, so its exact poker population is unknown.

NOTE: According to, Costa Rica will not be one of the countries included in the Bodog expansion.

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Producers of “Poker Night in America” Introduce New Poker Show – “The Final Table”

 Producers of “Poker Night in America” Introduce New Poker Show – “The Final Table”

The creators of the popular syndicated poker show Poker Night in America, Rush Street Productions, have received kudos for the work they have done. In an era in which there has been little to no “new” television programming dedicated to poker, Rush Street Productions came out and provided that content for a rabid audience. Now they will take that premise one step further with the creation of their latest show for syndication, The Final Table.

“We’re very excited to be bringing this new programming to national television,” said Executive Producer Dustin Iannotti during the announcement of the new show on Friday. “We plan to take some risks to try and appeal to a broader mainstream audience. The show will be unique and focus on entertainment, built around a poker game.  It will be unlike anything that’s ever been produced before in poker.” The president of Rush Street Productions, Todd Anderson, gave the nuts and bolts of The Final Table. “We expect to produce twenty-six one hour shows in 2016 (and) there will be plenty of chances for people to play and make their way to a Final Table, including a $ 1M guarantee Main Event at Choctaw Casino at the end of April,” Anderson noted.

What might set apart The Final Table from other poker broadcasts are some of the innovative and risky changes that the producers have taken with the game. Such changes as a “time bank” chip for use to make extremely hard decisions, a “shot clock” format that will give players only 60 seconds to make their decision or else their hand is dead and other twists to the game will be featured, as well as top professionals duking it out on the baize. In addition to these changes, there will be more “comedic” featurettes that focus on compelling moments in the game of poker.

The Final Table promises to have some interesting analysts in the booth to offer commentary for the program. In the studio will be two viewpoints – perhaps the “Old Guard” and the “Young Gun,” so to speak – in 14-time World Series of Poker bracelet winner Phil Hellmuth and American Poker Awards nominee Jason Somerville. In another unique twist, Hellmuth will be in the broadcast studios in the traditional manner, while Somerville will be in his “comfort zone” as he broadcasts over Twitch. Somerville is one of the most popular performers on Twitch, with his streaming broadcasts often racking up tens of thousands of viewers.

When the action is on the felt, it will be up to play-by-play announcers Maria Ho and David Tuchman to keep the viewer up-to-date on what is happening in the game. Ho, who left her broadcasting duties with the Heartland Poker Tour last year (where she was the first female professional poker player to hold down color commentary duties on a poker program), will join Tuchman, who currently does play-by-play for Poker Night in America and has done the World Series of Poker’s live stream previously, in what should be an intriguing and fast paced broadcast booth.

Already in the can (taped for broadcast) are episodes from Turning Stone Casino in New York, Canterbury Park in Minnesota, Rivers Casino in Pittsburgh, the Seminole Hard Rock Casino in Hollywood, FL and the Thunder Valley Casino in Sacramento. In the next couple of months, The Final Table cameras will be revisiting some of these old haunts and a couple of new ones:

February 25 – March 7: Canterbury Park Club, Shakopee, MN March 1 – March 14: Maryland LIVE! Casino, Baltimore, MD April 1 – April 4:  Rivers Casino, Pittsburgh, PA April 8 – April 11: Sugarhouse Casino, Philadelphia, PA April 7 – April 27: Choctaw Casino, Durant, OK

For those yearning for new poker programming, check your local listings. The Final Table will be debuting in late spring, but it will be on a syndication basis. Therefore, the actual stations and broadcast times may vary.

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I’m done waiting for America. I QUIT!

 Im done waiting for America. I QUIT!
I’ve had enough of this crap. it’s been 4 years since online poker has died and I’m done with it. There is no hope at all for online poker coming back. I am sick and tired of scraping the bottom of the barrel risking my hard earned cash on fly by night pokersites only for the site to go down under and keep your money in the process. I don’t know how you people do it, but it’s not for me.

I don’t need some old wrinkled up losers sitting behind desks who have never worked a real day of work in their entire lives telling me how I can spend my money.

I thought america was the land of the free. Land of the free my big fat white ass.


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