Sunday, June 13, 2010

The Big Game: Cash Game On 5 Nights A Week

PokerStars is sponsoring The Big Game, a one-hour cash game that will run late night (typically at 2 AM) each weekday on Fox (the broadcast network, not the cable sports network) stations. Unfortunately it won't air on every Fox affiliate, so check a programming guide for availability and time in your area. You will always be able to watch it on PokerStar's site.

The game has a $100,000 minimum buyin with $200/400 blinds and a $100 ante, is pot limit preflop and no limit postflop, and each one lasts 150 hands. The twist to this show is that each features a "Loose Cannon," who qualified through PokerStars, on a $100,000 freeroll, but they only get to keep whatever they win. If they lose they leave with nothing, but if the Loose Cannon makes a profit they'll have the option of returning for another session. The rest of the players will be pros including Daniel Negreanu, Barry Greenstein, Doyle Brunson, Phil Hellmuth, Antonio Esfandiari, Phil Laak, Vanessa Rousso, Tony G, and David Williams. Chris Rose and Joe Stapleton will be doing commentary and Amanda Leatherman will host. Non-game segments will include ones on the pros' lifestyles.

12 weeks of programming are scheduled. One round of 30 tapings has already been done and the next taping will be after the WSOP.

Daniel Negreanu's blogs about the show are interesting: 1, 2, 3, 4

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