Oklahoma's WinStar Casino is hosting a $3 million televised tournament in August. The Herald Democrat reports:
The satellite tournaments are now airing, and have been picked up by ABC network. With an in-house television studio located in the Showplace Theater, the series will have a week long finales between Aug. 16-23 at the casino. The two separate multi-month tournaments will have a TV show dedicated to telling the back stories of the players as well as drama at the tables.... Production crews will be on site to video the participants. The Division of Commerce Marketing Department created a TV show called “The River” which covers the personalities and plays during the WinStar poker tournament.... Horner says the shows will air on WFAA Channel 8 (ABC) and sister station KFWD in the Dallas market for 16 consecutive weeks starting the first weekend of June. Representatives are shopping it in other large metro markets as well. WinStar has already lined up a series of host for the show including: reality TV star Boston Rob Mariano (Survivor, Amazing Race); host of Food Network’s Foody Calls, Michelle Merkin; professional poker players Annie Duke and Greg Raymer; and Texas Hall of Fame sportscaster Norm Hitzges.
WinStar World Championship Series