Biggest TV Poker Deal

Fox Sport Network and have announced the largest televised poker deal in history

Not Mike Tyson, Michael Schumacher or Tiger Woods have ever collected this much in one outing. George Greenburg

The three year agreement has established the POKERDOME SERIES, which will feature high stakes, new formats and ground-breaking technology, all of which will be highlighted by three multi-million dollar winner-take-all mega-events.

The first mega-event is scheduled for Wednesday, July 12, 2006, when six players are expected to vie for an astounding $60 million, the biggest single-day payout in the history of sports. Amazingly, mega-event pots will grow to $75 million in 2007 and reach a staggering $100 million in 2008.

“The $60 Million Winner-Take-All event is a one-of-a-kind show that will not just take America by storm, but the international community as well,” said George Greenberg, FSN’s Executive Vice-President of Programming and Production. “Not Mike Tyson, Michael Schumacher or Tiger Woods have ever collected this much in one outing." POKERDOME series is slated to debut in May 2006 and will continue for 43 consecutive weeks. The series’ multi-faceted tournaments originate inside a remarkable, high-tech soon to-be-built arena called the “Pokerdome.”

The state-of-the-art dome contains a poker table, complete with an automated card tracking system, integrated chip counting capabilities, hole card-cam and robotic cameras focused on each player’s face. The Pokerdome also comes equipped with special cameras and card technology that allows viewers to see the burn cards – or discarded cards – before dealers flip the active cards, plus a rabbit-hunting camera for each hand, letting fans know what would have happened if each hand went to completion.

The three mega-events are stand-alone tournaments, with the first being contested in Australia at one of the world’s finest luxury casinos. The 2006 mega-event is a single-table tournament featuring six players, each of whom will buy-in for $10 million. The tournament also features the biggest starting blinds of any sanctioned poker tournament in history. To illustrate the magnitude of the event, private armed guards, along with casino personnel, provide a constant security presence. Medical teams will be standing by, monitoring each of the players’ heart rates in the event that pushing $1 and $5 million chips into the pot causes a player’s heart to race faster than usual.

The first of the six hand-picked players, multiple WSOP bracelet winner Phil Ivey has already been picked. Following this announcement, FSN plans to reveal each of the remaining five players one by one every month. The second player will be named during FSN’s coverage of the 2006 Aussie Millions tournament in January.

Staff at PokerPlayer wait with bated breath to see if one of their own will be asked to participate. Ivey can only hope the call never comes.

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