When you hear the words "televised poker," you probably think back to the early 2000s and recall either the WSOP broadcasts on ESPN or the World Poker Tour shows on the Travel Channel.
What many poker fans might not realize is that televised poker actually goes back over 40 years to 1973! That year, CBS did a special on the World Series of Poker. Little did anyone realize the extent to which televised poker would evolve over the decades. Now, televised poker is about to begin a new adventure with Poker Central, the first cable network dedicated to poker.
Looking back over four decades of televised poker, we've seen many memorable moments, some historic, some shocking, and some that left you scratching your head. Everyone has their own favorite poker moment and it's time to determine which is the most memorable hand in televised poker history.
Many US poker sites publish great content for you to enjoy, but only one – PokerUpdate.com – gives you a way to participate in making headlines! Have a look to see which televised poker hand was crowned the most memorable of all time!
Most of us are familiar with the March Madness bracket concept—a single elimination tournament for the right to be called the national champion of college basketball.
We've borrowed from that idea and have compiled 32 of the best televised poker hands, presented in a bracket format. Unlike the NCAA, we haven't seeded these hands, as ranking is simply too subjective for this contest.
Instead, we’ve assigned four pairs of random matchups spread out over four categories, as follows:
Here is where you come in. Starting October 1st and continuing for the next five weeks, fan voting will determine which videos will advance in our tournament.
Each week will represent a round of play. During the first week, fans will vote to determine the Sweet 16. The following week, the Elite 8 will be determined, followed by the Final 4, and, finally, the Championship Match.
This page will be updated weekly with the winners, so be sure to come back each week to vote in each subsequent round. The final voting round will conclude on November 4, with the winning hand being crowned just prior to the commencement of the 2015 WSOP November Nine final table.
When CBS first televised the World Series of Poker in the 1973, they had no idea of what the future would hold for TV poker. Nobody could envision the advent of the hole card camera and how that would change the poker landscape forever. Nobody could’ve imagined a Tennessee accountant named “Moneymaker” helping to usher a new era of poker by turning an online poker satellite into $2.5 million.
Over the decades, cameras have documented thousands of hours of poker history and many of us poker fans have been influenced in some way by TV poker. Now it’s your turn to have some influence on the poker world.
Will the most memorable TV poker hand be a moment that made history or do you believe that poker is about more than just big events and monster scores?
Vote NOW and check back each week to see which moments made the cut.