Since the days that the Game Show Network (GSN) began airing the World Poker Tour and High Stakes Poker, poker players and fans have made sure to include the channel in their cable lineups to get some of the most exciting poker television shows available. With GSN’s recent announcement of two new shows finding their way to its airwaves, the schedule of shows has grown into something of a poker extravaganza.
The night is now Saturday, and it started on June 5 with the movement of High Stakes Poker being pushed from Sunday to Saturday. Also included in the nine-hour weekly block of programming will be two new shows - the Aussie Millions Presented by FullTiltPoker.net and the Doubles Poker Championship, the former which premiered on June 5 from 9pm to 10pm ET/PT, and the latter taking its place in the same time slot beginning August 14.
The Aussie Millions has been one of the most popular live tournament stops on the circuit for years, as it takes place in Melbourne, Australia at the Crown Casino every January. Poker pros from all over the world fly half way across the world to join with Aussie pros to compete in one of the most exciting series and Main Event tournaments in the world. The 2010 event was filmed, as it attracted approximately 2,500 entrants to the series and awarded more than $15 million in all. The Main Event offered a prize pool of $7,460,000, with $2 million of it going to the winner. GSN will broadcast the $100K Challenge, the Heads-Up Championship, and the Main Event over the course of ten episodes.
The Doubles Poker Championship is a new production that was filmed in Las Vegas in the spring of 2010. The concept allowed invited players to buy in for $50,000 each, and each of the 32 players picked a teammate. They shared each hand and made decisions for their team in order to progress through the tournament to the winner’s circle, which held $1 million in first prize money. Some of the players who competed included Chris Ferguson, Phil Ivey, Johnny Chan, Annie Duke, Phil Hellmuth, Jennifer Harman, Gus Hansen, and Tom Dwan. With Lacey Jones as the host, the 13 weeks of programming will show all of the studio-filmed action, courtesy of Mori Eskandani’s Poker PROductions.
GSN Vice President David Schiff commented on the new Saturday night lineup: “High Stakes Poker has been a ratings success on GSN, with Season 6 ratings up dramatically over previous seasons in all key demos. We’re excited to now enhance the franchise with even more world-class international poker coverage. Saturday nights on GSN will be the go-to destination for serious poker fans.”