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New poker league signs deal with CBS

Posted on: July 27, 2011 3:18 pm
Edited on: July 27, 2011 3:19 pm
J. Darin Darst

Poker is coming back to CBS!

Not too long ago, CBS hosted the Intercontinental Poker Championship which featured this great moment with Tony G against Ralph Perry:

But now a new professional poker league called The Epic Poker League, has signed a television deal with CBS and Discover Communication’s new network, Velocity. CBS will air seven hours of league play while Velocity will broadcast another 13.

The league will include five different poker tournaments, including a $1 million free-roll no-limit Texas Hold 'em championship planned in February in Las Vegas.

Poker News Daily has most of the details of the tournament:

Led by chief executive Jeffrey Pollack (formerly of the WSOP) and Commissioner Annie Duke, players must qualify for membership through live tournament success.  Players can earn two, three, or five year membership cards through a combination of recent and lifetime results, which include certain numbers of “major” tournament titles, minimum levels of recent tournament earnings, and minimum thresholds for career earnings.  The membership roster currently includes over 200 players, but more can always qualify as they rack up tournament wins and cashes.

This should be an amazing event with all the best players in the world competing. And the best part about it? No Norman Chad. Legendary sports announcer Pat O'Brien will call the action.

The first event will be Aug. 5 with a Pro/Am at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas. The $20,000 Main Event will be Aug. 9-12.


Since: Sep 1, 2006
Posted on: July 28, 2011 2:36 pm

New poker league signs deal with CBS

He was right though. that was a dumb play.  Your drawing to 6 cards against any ace, and 3 cards if Tony G had AK or AJ.  It was a horrible play by the Russian.   However, you could also point out, that it was a terrible play by Tony G to push with A2, but 4 handed, any ace is usually good.

Since: Mar 28, 2011
Posted on: July 28, 2011 11:01 am

New poker league signs deal with CBS

I like Norman Chad- those ESPN guys make it fun to watch! Looking forward to this on CBS and Velocity- do I get the Velocity channel???

Since: Feb 25, 2008
Posted on: July 27, 2011 6:45 pm

New poker league signs deal with CBS

God that fat Bastard is annoying as helll. Wonder if that dude got his ass kicked after the match, more importantly i doubt that idiot has ever gotten laid....and hookers dont count

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