Poker has been appearing on television somewhat regularly since the late-1970s. In the United States, CBS started airing the final table of the World Series of Poker (WSOP) Main Event as an annual one-hour show around this time and later by ESPN, which were casino-produced shows produced under a time-buy arrangement for sports omnibus programming such as the CBS Sports Spectacular. The World Poker Tour ignited the global poker boom with the creation of this unique television show based on a series of high-stakes tournaments, and has broadcast globally in over 150 countries and territories. POKER LIVE TV Watch live Poker tournaments and events from the World Series of Poker, Super High Roller Bowl, World Poker Tour (WPT), US Poker Open, Poker Masters, Poker After Dark.
Nowadays when everyone talks about poker, it is only with regards to the stuff that is available online.
Thanks to the rather huge world of the internet and handheld devices, poker is available to almost everyone and games can be played almost everywhere as well.
There was a time when people would have to read books, the actual physical ones to gain some knowledge about poker and then came the invention of the television which changed the dynamic of education as well.
Sure many people call it the idiot box but that is dependent on what you end up seeing, you could also see something that is informative and teaches your something. Nc education lottery keno.
Poker also was hit and is still hit by the television bug and has a lot of great shows for those who still enjoy some time in front of the tube.
We list out the best poker related television shows over the years.
These were the ones that changed the landscape of poker, at least on the television and took it to greater heights.
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The World Series of Poker
One of my personal favorites, this show had almost everything that makes for great reality television.
It had real stars taking on each other to win the huge prize money on offer at the Main Event.
Multi-million dollar wins were the norm in this television show and it still is going strong.
The World Series of Poker isn’t just a television show; it is a lifestyle for a lot of people and has quite a following even without the television broadcasts.
A fictional show, Tilt was created by the minds in ESPN to create a drama where a poker player would trap the fish or suckers into his trap.
It is still an enjoyable show to watch and you should keep an eye out for some of the guest appearances from real life poker players in this amazing show for all.
E! Hollywood Hold’em
One for the celebrity followers out there, you often hear about some special games being played behind the closed doors of celebrity homes.
Well, this show helped people get an insight of what these games really are like.
The premise of the show was pretty good but the show lasted only for one season.
Ultimate Poker Challenge
Another show based on the popular game format, this started way back in 2005 and the premise of this was to hold a competition at the Plaza, Las Vegas for 26 straight weeks.
The game being played here was no-limit Texas Hold’em in tournament mode and is a great watch for those who want a fix of competitive poker on the tube.
The World Poker Tour
Poker Tv Host
One of the most popular shows ever, this started way back in 2003 but it is still one of the best shows made in the history of poker.
The World Poker Tour was one of the highest rated shows on television at one point of time, and it followed these events at casinos and had a few more titbits with behind the scenes footage.
This show is still shown on a lot of other channels, so keep your eyes peeled for this show.
High Stakes Poker
This show started in 2006 and had a very different premise compared to most poker shows on television.
This did feature some of the biggest names in poker who played the game using their own money!
The buy-ins were huge as well and the poker variations were different too, certainly leading to interesting viewing compared to some of the other poker shows on television.
Celebrity Poker Showdown
This show was another reason why poker became extremely popular on television.
This had many celebrities coming onto the show and having a go in the game of poker.
This might not have had the best style of poker or best poker games but it was one of the most fun shows to watch and there is a lot of humour involved as well.
Something a little different to what we normally see in other more serious poker related titles.
This has two groups of players having a go at each other.
Every time new groups play against each other to find out who is better.
Boys vs. Girls is one such example of the battles and you could even get to see some celebrities take on professional poker players, which always provides some great and fun viewing.
Yet another poker tournament or competition where you have the pros taking on each other.
The game is fast and brilliant and the action is relentless.
In fact the game has such a great speed that many people think this is similar to actually playing the game online!
These are just some of the shows which have taken poker to a new height.
Of course most of these shows are not broadcast anymore but they can be found almost anywhere, thanks to the internet.
There are many new shows available as well which makes for great viewing but the plight of the television might be on a slow growth curve.
Everyone now can watch whatever they want on the handheld device and there are a ton of apps and videos available online for people to enjoy.
The television might have lost its importance in the entertainment rank for people but poker continues to have a great place for most people and more shows are being created and broadcast to keep everyone hooked onto this wonderful game called poker.
Poker television programs had been extremely popular, especially in North America and Europe, following the poker boom. This has especially become the case since the invention of the 'pocket cam' in 1997 (and its first use in the United States in 2002), which allows viewers at home to see each player's hole cards. However, viewership has been declining dramatically in recent years, due to laws that restricted online play in the United States.
Poker has been appearing on television somewhat regularly since the late-1970s. In the United States, CBS started airing the final table of the World Series of Poker (WSOP) Main Event as an annual one-hour show around this time and later by ESPN, which were casino-produced shows produced under a time-buy arrangement for sports omnibus programming such as the CBS Sports Spectacular. For many years, the coverage was less than robust because viewers at home could not see what cards the players had or follow their progress visually through graphics. Instead, the coverage essentially involved the commentators guessing what cards the players had in a documentary style production.
In 1997, the hole cam, which allows audiences to see the hidden cards that players held in their hands, was introduced in Europe. The hole cam was patented by WSOP bracelet winner Henry Orenstein and first used in the Late Night Poker television series. It was used again in the inaugural Poker Million tournament in 2000 which boasted the attraction of the first £1,000,000 poker game on live television. By 2001, however, Late Night Poker had been cancelled in the UK and televised poker could no longer be found in Europe. In the US, the 1999, 2000, and 2001 World Series of Poker events were only broadcast in one-hour documentaries on the Discovery Networks.
In 1999, documentary filmmaker Steven Lipscomb produced and directed a documentary on the WSOP for the Discovery Channel. It was the first U.S. poker production funded entirely by a television network rather than the casino. When the 1999 WSOP aired, it doubled its audience over the hour time slot. Seeing the audience reaction, Lipscomb believed there was an untapped market and began pitching poker series ideas to cable and network television. Because poker had been on the air for over twenty years, with little viewer interest, broadcasters were unwilling to commit resources to put a series on the air.
In October 2001, Lipscomb wrote a business plan. Along with poker player Mike Sexton and poker business woman Linda Johnson, Lipscomb approached casino mogul and avid poker player, Lyle Berman, whose company Lakes Entertainment agreed to fund the World Poker Tour (WPT)—the first organized and televised tour of poker tournaments in the world.
In June 2002, WPT filmed its first episode at Bellagio in Las Vegas. Wanting to create a compelling, action-packed show, WPT took eight months to edit the first WPT episode. ESPN, who resumed their coverage of the World Series of Poker in 2002, featured pocket cam technology in their return broadcast—albeit, in a very limited capacity—prior to the WPT's first show.
During this time, the “WPT Format” was created featuring the WPT hole cam, interactive graphics and “live sports feel”. These new features put viewers into the minds and at the heart of the action. The first WPT episode aired on March 30, 2003 on the Travel Channel and became an instant success (the highest rated show in network history).
A few months later, ESPN's broadcast of the 2003 World Series of Poker adopted many features characteristic of the emerging WPT series, with an improved graphic display detailing the exciting action of the Main Event's final table. This coupled with the unlikely outcome in the 2003 WSOP Main Event—where Tennessee accountant Chris Moneymaker won $2.5 million after winning his seat through a $39 PokerStars satellite tournament—and the ensuing publicity only further sparked the already accelerated interest in the game initiated by the WPT.
These events are considered the main contributor to poker's booming popularity—increasing the number of entrants into live poker tournaments (at all levels), the growth of online poker and the overall greater interest in the game—but above all others, the 2003 World Series of Poker Main Event (and subsequent broadcast on ESPN) is most cited as poker's Tipping Point; commonly referred to as the 'Moneymaker Effect'.
Poker gained further exposure in Canada and much of the United States as a result of the 2004-05 NHL lockout, which caused sports networks in both countries to air poker as replacement programming for their NHL coverage.
The much improved ratings of poker television programs from this point on lead to ESPN covering many more events of the World Series of Poker (in addition to the Main Event as in the past) since 2003, as well as covering some other tournaments outside of the World Series, such as the United States Poker Championship. Since its first broadcast, WPT has also expanded its tour stops from 12 events at seven casino partner locations to 23 domestic and international tournaments and 14 casino partners in Season VI.
Since the introduction of the hole cam and WPT television format, poker has become almost ubiquitous in the US and Europe. While poker originally aired on sports channels such as ESPN and Sky Sports has expanded to such 'non traditional' networks as Bravo and GSN. All poker television programs make heavy use of the aforementioned pocket cam and television format, plus generally feature a 'straightman' and a 'comedian' type of commentators, with one often being a professional poker player.
With the ability to edit a tournament that lasts days into just a few hours, ESPN's World Series of Poker broadcasts generally focus on showing how various star players fared in each event. Key hands from throughout the many days of each year's WSOP Main Event are shown, and similar highly edited coverage of final tables is also provided. For the events in the WSOP before the Main Event, only the final table is covered in television coverage, similar to how the Main Event was televised before ESPN's airing of the 2003 World Series Main Event.
The World Poker Tour does not offer general coverage of the multi-day poker tournaments. Instead, the WPT covers only the action at the final table of each event. With aggressive play and increasing blinds and antes, the important action from a single table can easily be edited into a two-hour episode. Although the tournament fate of fewer stars are chronicled this way, it allows the drama to build more naturally toward the final heads up showdown.
Although most poker shows on television focus on tournaments, High Stakes Poker shows a high-stakes cash game. In this game professional and amateur players play no limit Texas Hold 'em with their own money (the minimum to enter the game is $100,000). This game has allowed spectators to observe differences between cash games and tournaments, and to see how players adjust their play to the different format.
Poker's growth in Europe led to the creation of two FTA channels: The Poker Channel and Pokerzone. Both began broadcasting during 2005.
Televised poker experienced a sudden disruption in 2011 after the lawsuit United States v. Scheinberg et al. was filed. Two of the defendants in that case, PokerStars and Full Tilt Poker, were the primary sponsors of most of the shows that were airing on American television at the time. Since it was discovered that online gambling (other than sports betting) was not illegal and the state law used to file the lawsuit was not applicable to foreign companies, the lawsuit was resolved in 2012, with the two companies merging and without any admission of guilt.
Although once popular, poker television programs have steadily been losing their audience and never fully recovered from the disruption caused by the Scheinberg lawsuit. ESPN is on contract to show World Series of Poker programming through 2017, though viewership has dropped dramatically since the early boom.
Poker television programs
Here is a list of poker television programs that have aired on television in either North America or Europe.
|Program||Network||Years aired||Current commentators|
|World Series of Poker||CBS;|
1987 onwards1, 2017–20192
|Lon McEachern, Norman Chad, and Jamie Kerstetter|
|United States Poker Championship||ESPN||1997–2000;|
|Lon McEachern and Norman Chad|
|World Poker Tour||The Travel Channel;|
Fox Sports Net
|Mike Sexton 2002-2017, Tony Dunst 2017- and Vince Van Patten|
|European Poker Tour||Sportsnet Canada||2004 onwards||James Hartigan and Joe Stapleton|
|Celebrity Poker Showdown||Bravo||2003–2006||Dave Foley and Phil Gordon|
|Poker Superstars Invitational Tournament||Fox Sports Net||2004 onwards||Chris Rose and Howard Lederer|
|Ultimate Poker Challenge||syndication||2004 onwards||Chad Brown and weekly guest|
|Poker Royale||GSN||2004–2005||John Ahlers and Robert Williamson III|
|High Stakes Poker||GSN; PokerGO||2006–2007;|
2009-2011; 2020 onwards
|Gabe Kaplan and A.J. Benza|
|Professional Poker Tour||The Travel Channel||2006–2007||Matt Corboy and Mark Seif|
|National Heads-Up Poker Championship||NBC||2005 onwards||Matt Vasgersian and Gabe Kaplan|
|Poker Dome Challenge||Fox Sports Net||2006–2007||Barry Tompkins and Michael Konik|
|Poker After Dark||NBC; PokerGO||2007–2011;|
|Oliver Nejad and weekly guests|
|Pro-Am Poker Equalizer||ESPN||2007||Phil Gordon and Oliver Nejad|
|Heartland Poker Tour||syndication||2005 onwards||Fred Bevill and Maria Ho|
|Pokerstars Big Game||Fox Network||2010-2011||Joe Stapleton Scott Huff Chris Rose Amanda Leatherman|
|Poker Night in America||CBS Sports Network||2014 onwards||Chris Hanson|
|Windy City Poker Championship||CSN Chicago;|
|2008 onwards||Jason Finn and Kirk Fallah|
Poker Tv Personalities
1 ESPN did not air the WSOP in 1996 or 1999–2001; The Discovery Channel did air one-hour specials of the 2000 & 2001 Main Events
2 World Series of Poker bracelets events and select coverage of the Main Event have streamed on exclusively on PokerGO from 2017-2019.
|Program||Network||Years aired||Current commentators|
|Late Night Poker||Channel 4 (UK)|
Fox Sports Net (US)
|1999–2002, 2006 onwards||Jesse May and Barny Boatman (final season)|
|Poker Million||Sky Sports||2000, 2003 onwards||Jesse May and John Duthie|
|World Heads-Up Poker Championship||Unknown||2001 onwards||Unknown|
|Celebrity Poker Club||Challenge (UK)||2003 onwards||Jesse May and Victoria Coren|
|European Poker Tour||Channel 4 (UK)||2004 onwards||James Hartigan and Joe Stapleton|
|Victor Chandler Poker Cup||Sky Sports||2004 onwards||Jesse May and Barny Boatman|
|The Gaming Club World Poker Championship||Sky Sports||2004||Unknown|
|British Poker Open||The Poker Channel||2005 onwards||Unknown|
|World Speed Poker Open||The Poker Channel||2005 onwards||Gary Jones, Roy Brindley, Lucy Rokach|
|Late Night Poker Ace||Channel 4 (UK)||2005 onwards||Jesse May and Simon Trumper|
|PartyPoker Poker Den (season 1-3, season 4 renamed to PartyPoker Big Game)||Challenge (UK)||2005 onwards||Grub Smith and Tony Cascarino|
|William Hill Poker Grand Prix||Sky Sports||2006 onwards||Jesse May, Andrew Black, Lucy Rokach|
|Poker Nations Cup||Channel 4 (UK)||2006 onwards||Jesse May, Barny Boatman and Padraig Parkinson|
|PartyPoker.com Football & Poker Legends Cup||Five (UK)||2006 onwards||Jesse May, Padraig Parkinson and Ken Lennaárd|
|Pokerheaven.com Online Series of Poker||CNBC||2006 onwards||Unknown|
|Fulltiltpoker.com Million Dollar Cash Game||Sky Sports||2006 onwards||Unknown|
|La Notte del Poker||SKY Sport 2||2006 onwards||Pupo, Zero Assoluto, Chiara Edelfa Masciotta|
|Pokermania||Italia 1 (Italy)||2007 onwards||Ciccio Valenti and Luca Pagano|
Poker Tv Schedule
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