What's better than live poker streams? How about live poker streams with celebrities? Rush Street Productions is banking on the live stream craze and adding a celebrity element to create a new series for Poker Night in America. The new live series will consist of 13 episodes, which will air for two hours every Tuesday night starting March 20, 2018 on CBS Sports Network. Episodes of Poker Night LIVE will be streamed live and hosted at the Gardens Casino, just outside of Los Angeles.
According to a PNIA press release, the new program is a... "Response to the popularity of its live poker events streaming on Twitch, Rush Street Productions wanted to bring that same exhilarating experience to traditional TV, welcoming a larger audience, many of whom don't use internet streaming platforms."
Todd Anderson, President of Rush Street Productions, explained… "We've been re-imagining TV poker for the past four years, making it more fan friendly with famous faces and a fun atmosphere. This is the latest exciting step as we continue to revolutionize how fans can watch poker. Anything can happen on live TV and probably will with a table filled with celebrities! The viewers will be able to see and hear everything that's happening, just as if they are another player sitting at the table."
Poker Night in America featured local cash game specialists who battled it out at random stops across America. This newly-launched celebrity version will be taped in the shadows of Hollywood at the Gardens Casino.
Get ready poker TV fanatics and set your clocks! The 20th of March is the big night. Poker Night LIVE will debut at 7pm PT or local time (that's 10 PT ET) on CBS Sports Network. Check your local listings to find out where it is on your dial. PNIA has had a home on CBS Sports since 2014.
Supposedly Poker Night LIVE will feature lower stakes so the celebs can have fun and donk off a little cash. Plus, they don't worry about any bum-hunting sharks feasting off their stacks.
Self-proclaimed "greatest thing since sliced bread" a.k.a. Phil Hellmuth is committed to the first episode. No word on the actual celebrities yet.
Joe 'Stapes' Stapleton will be hosting and playing simultaneously. The comedic element should be an interesting twist.
According to Todd Anderson from Rush Street... "This will be unlike any poker show currently on TV. Poker Night LIVE will be more like a Hollywood home game brought directly into viewers homes with lots of interesting guests, lots of laughs and lots of live action."
For more info, check out PNIA's website.