Get ready for more poker on TV. Poker Central and NBC Sports have once again joined forces for to bring poker to the televised viewing audience. In a new deal that extends the relationship between the two through 2020, NBC will air the Super High Roller Bowl, US Poker Open, and Poker Masters tournaments across their broadcast platforms in 2018.
Poker Central will kick off its new expanded lineup on NBC Sports Group with this weekend’s inaugural US Poker Open. (Image: Poker Central)
Poker as NBC Sport
NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app will carry live-streamed coverage from the events, with dates and other scheduling details still to be determined
“After the success of last year’s Super High Roller Bowl, we are further broadening our poker content by adding more tournaments to our slate,” NBC Sports Group Vice President of Programming Gary Quinn said.
“Our viewers enjoy the extremely competitive nature of Poker Central’s tournaments, and we’re looking forward to delivering more high-stakes action in 2018.”
Poker Central and NBC Sports Group originally joined forces in April of last year. The former debuted their programming on NBCSN, formerly known as NBC Sports Network, a month later with May’s $300,000 Super High Roller Bowl. That tournament was capped at 56 players and saw Germany’s Christoph Vogelsang win for $6 million.
Speaking of the Super High Roller Bowl, Poker Central is just a week removed from announcing the Super High Roller Bowl China, which will run March 20-22 in conjunction with Macau Billionaire Poker. That tournament costs $255K to enter, boasts a nearly $13 million GTD prize pool, and is capped at 49 players.
Poker Central is a privately held company with owners such as Cary Katz, who is fresh of winning the 2018 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure $100,000 Super High Roller, and poker pros such as Daniel Negreanu, Phil Hellmuth, and Antonio Esfandiari.
Poker TV Guide
Fans won’t need to wait long to benefit from the expanded relationship between NBC Sports Group and Poker Go. This weekend, the latter will host the 2018 US Poker Open from Aria in Las Vegas.
The inaugural eight-event series will offer nine days of high-stakes tournament action, including both pot-limit Omaha and Mixed Game events, with buy-ins ranging from $10,000 to $50,000. Here’s a look at the US Poker Open schedule:
Feb. 1 2 p.m. $10,000 No-Limit Hold’em Feb. 2 2 p.m. $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Feb. 3 2 p.m. $25,000 No-Limit Hold’em Feb. 5 2 p.m. $25,000 Mixed Game Championship Feb. 6 2 p.m. $10,000 No-Limit Hold’em Feb. 7 2 p.m. $25,000 No-Limit Hold’em Feb. 8 2 p.m. $25,000 No-Limit Hold’em Feb. 9 12 p.m. $50,000 Main Event
Poker Central also provides original programming for Poker Go including the new documentary-style series Stories from the Felt, prop-bet reality show Major Wager, blind date reality show Chasing Hearts, and Chris Parnell’s comedy show Poker Nights. They also brought back the popular late-night show Poker After Dark.
On the non-original side, Poker Go also live streams Aria Super High Roller tournaments and World Poker Tour final tables
Fans can also tune into Poker Go over the summer for exclusive live streams for the 2018 World Series of Poker.