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Poker Night in America Debut Set for June 29

After initially promising to air in early 2014, Poker Night in America experienced a slight delay and has announced that its first broadcast will commence next Sunday, June 29 at 10:00 p.m. ET.

A new agreement with the CBS Sports Network will bring the poker-themed reality show into the living rooms of over 99 million households every Sunday for the next 26 weeks. That will give poker players and fans an opportunity to watch revolutionary new poker programming from now until Christmas.

We’re making poker fun again – that’s our real goal,” said PNIA president and creator Todd Anderson. “We think poker players and fans have been looking for something new and fresh for a long time. We believe ‘Poker Night in America’ will soon become must-see television for all serious players and fans.”

That fun will include tournament action from four tour stops in the U.S. that began last August. Film footage from the Turning Stone Casino in New York, Peppermill Casino in Nevada, Rivers Casino in Pennsylvania, and the Maryland Live! Casino will be broadcast on a weekly basis.

But Poker Night in America promises more than just the standard tournament poker fare. The cameras were also rolling for invite-only high-stakes cash games with participants such as Mike “the Mouth” Matusow, Matt Glantz, Shaun Deeb and Gavin Smith. Action away from the felt will be included in the broadcasts, adding to the entertainment by giving fans a peek at some of the things players do while not navigating tournament fields or seated at ring games that require $20,000 bankrolls.

Our tag-line says it all, ‘bringing personality back to poker,’” Anderson said.

While pro players will certainly be under the spotlight, amateurs who competed amongst the pros will also be included in the mix. Recreational poker players sitting at home who dream of one day doing the same will be able to relate with the plight of amateurs who hope to make a name for themselves within the world of poker while making a deep run and scoring a big payday.

The recent tour stops have provided enough footage that viewers can expect something new and different each week. An ever-changing cast of players will be highlighted, with announcements expected soon regarding the dates of appearances of well-known poker stars.

A new tour stop is on the agenda for next month. Poker Night in America will once again be filming at the Maryland Live! Casino from July 26-29. Players with large bankrolls and colorful personalities who would like to play in high-stakes ring games in front of the PNIA cameras can apply at



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Charles Rettmuller

Charles has been an avid poker player for a number of years, both live and online. He holds a degree in journalism and previously worked as a reporter for a Chicago-based newspaper. Charles joined the PokerUpdate team in early 2012 and writes daily news articles for the site.