Poker Night In America Debuts New Live Poker Show Featuring Celeb

Posted by Carolyn on Feb 26, 2018 Posted in Poker Promotions | No Comments »

Poker Night in America is introducing a new poker show format on CBS, this time featuring celebrities live.

Poker Night LIVE will be the newest television show that will air on CBS Sports Network. The show is created by Rush Street Productions, producers of the hit poker show Poker Night in America. The new live and celebrity format is a response to the growing popularity of live poker events streamed by Poker Night in America before on Twitch, bringing the excitement and hype of the live format to a larger cable audience.

Gardens Casino Will Play Host

According to Todd Anderson, President of Rush Street Productions, when they launched Poker Night in America on CBS five years ago, the production of a live poker program was too unmanageable in terms of technological limits. Years after they started to fine-tune their live programming via Twitch, Rush Street Productions is finally ready to elevate their post-production show with Poker Night LIVE.

To make Poker Night LIVE, the team has partnered with Gardens Casino in Los Angeles, where they will be shooting every episode of the show. According to Anderson, The Gardens Casino is not only an impressive partner, but also strategically located near Hollywood, which made it the ideal location.

Gardens Casino don’t currently have plans for any new online casinos, but hopefully we might see something in the future.

Poker Night LIVE To Feature Fun Format

Poker Night LIVE will be different in many facets from its predecessors. Unlike the traditional live poker events they streamed on Steam, Poker Night LIVE will play lower stakes cash games at $5/$5 with a $500 buy-in. The stakes in this format are significantly lower than the regular Poker Night in America structure but according to Anderson, it’s to emphasize that the new show is more fun than poker.

In a statement, Anderson said, “I think live television is exciting because you just don’t know what’s going to happen. This show is going to be different from any show that’s ever been done. It’s really not as much a poker show as a late night comedy talk show. It’s more Johnny Carson than WPT.”

Anderson emphasized that traditional poker can get very dull, especially for viewers who are not hardcore poker enthusiasts. There are many aspects of poker that can be exciting and those aspects are what they want to highlight and bring to Poker Night LIVE. He said that the new poker show will be all about having fun, making mistakes, and letting celebrities cut loose —hence the lower stakes.

Every night, Poker Night LIVE will bring together a diverse roster of celebrities, not all of them particularly knowledgeable about poker. This is why Poker Night LIVE will give poker lessons to celebrities they are bringing onto the show to prepare them for their episode.

The show will be hosted and facilitated by poker commentator and comedian Joe Stapleton, who will also join the poker table. The next seat will be filled by well-known poker players such as Daniel Negreanu or Phil Hellmuth, while the next four seats will be filled in by Hollywood personalities from different fields outside poker: music, film, sports, business, reality TV, and more.

The first episode of Poker Night LIVE will premiere on March 20, at 10pm Eastern or 7pm Pacific. Phil Hellmuth who is a 14-time WSOP bracelet winner will be the first poker pro to join Stapleton on the show.

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