The buzz surrounding Poker Central continues to grow louder, as players and fans of poker have even more reason to get excited following an announcement that the upcoming 24/7 poker television network is currently filming two original, in-depth poker series.
Poker Central has scheduled its broadcast launch date as October 1, but has already delighted fans by airing some of its programming on NBCSN. The recent Super High Roller Celebrity Shootout won by Vanessa Selbst was a Poker Central offering, and two new series’ are already in the hopper.
Biographies of Poker Pros
“Pokerography” will chronicle the lives of professional players, shining a light on their backstories to allow fans to see exactly how their legacies came to be. Featured pros include Phil Hellmuth, Antonio Esfandiari, Michael Mizrachi, Phil Laak, Chris Moneymaker, Vanessa Selbst, Erik Seidel, Jason Sommerville, Mike Sexton and Jennifer Harman.
While those stars of poker will be interviewed for their respective shows, so too will be the people closest to them. Friends, family, and rivals on the felt will also have their say. Sounds similar to “Behind the Music” broadcasts made popular by VH1 – substituting famous rock ‘n roll stars for poker pros instead.
Go Inside the Poker Industry
“Inside Poker” is the second show in production and will be hosted by Matt Savage. Listed on Savage’s resume are a number of poker tour director titles, including the World Poker Tour and Commerce Casino in Los Angeles. He is also a Tournament Directors Association (TDA) founder.
Designed to give greater insight to poker fans, the show will include conversations between Savage and those within the poker industry. Inside Poker’s focus will be “on hot topics within the poker world, poker tips and advice from the pros, and inside-the-ropes stories from the top events and card rooms around the U.S.”
Production of “Inside Poker” began just a few days ago in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and the first episodes will air early next year. Work on “Pokerography” began in April and will wrap up next February. That series,’ too, will kick off at the beginning of 2016.
Committed to poker
“These two new series are perfect examples of Poker Central’s commitment to providing unprecedented coverage of the poker world and insider access to the incredibly talented professionals who make the game so compelling for viewers around the world,” said Dan Russell, senior vice president of Programming & Production at Poker Central.
I’m sure that many poker players and fans feel as I do – that it’s high time that round-the-clock poker programming will soon be available in our living rooms. And as entertaining as tournament or cash game poker broadcasts are or have been, even more enjoyable are the stories behind the scenes.
I’m really looking forward to watching “Inside Poker” and “Pokerography,” as well as the programming that begins upon Poker Central’s launch on October 1. That’s less than six weeks away!