Poker Night in America Show Heads To Turning Stone New York

Poker Night In AmericaFollowing Poker Night in America’s Maryland stop in July, the production team heads to New York for the Empire State Hold’em Championships at Turning Stone Resort & Casino. This is the second time that Poker Night in America has filmed episodes at Turning Stone. The show made its first stop here just last year in August when Adam Foster outlasted a field of 426 entrants to win the 2013 Empire State Hold’em Championships.

Turning Stone will be hosting an invite-only celebrity cash game which is scheduled for August 15-16 and will be broadcast on national television. The featured televised event, which is the $250K GTD Main Event, will take place on August 18. This final table will also be broadcast on the CBS Sports Network in America.

As you would come to expect with a Poker Night in America event there is an incredible line-up of names that will be taking part in the Main Event and celebrity cash game, including Shaun Deeb, Antonio Esfandiari, Phil Laak, and Liv Bouree. Film critic and column writer for The Chicago Sun-Times, Richard Roeper, will also be appearing on the Poker Night in America show, giving viewers the chance of critiquing his performance for a change.

When asked about what it meant to be on PNIA, Roeper had this to say to PokerNews: “What I like about ‘Poker Night in America’ is it’s about the personalities as much as poker,” Roeper is no stranger to the poker or gambling world. A long-time poker player, he published a book titled “Bet the House: How I Gambled Over a Grand a Day for 30 Days on Sports, Poker, and Games of Chance” in 2010, which chronicles the wild journey he had over a 30-day period gambling at least a thousand dollars per day betting on poker, sports, and other casino games.

PNIA is the brainchild of Rush Street Productions President and former Heartland Poker Tour co-founder, Todd Anderson, who has a great deal of experience in poker film production. The goal from the very beginning has been to be different to what is being done on other poker television shows. While action on the felt will continue to be the focal point of the show, part of the shows focus is on the personalities of the players involved, which is a nice change, although it must be said that it definitely caters to a different audience. In a press release, Anderson said “We’re making poker fun again – that’s our real goal.

This shift in the way poker is consumed by the general public isn’t hugely surprising. Unless you’re a diehard poker fan, televised poker can get pretty monotonous fairly quickly since it’s not much of a spectator sport. Some televised poker shows attempted to overcome this problem by featuring expert commentary with much of the focus being on poker strategy and how hands were played, which clearly targeted a more serious poker playing audience. But PNIA has gone the other direction, with more emphasis on character-driven drama.

Poker Night in America episodes have been airing on the CBS network every Sunday since June. This has been welcome news to many poker fans in the United States because there has been a lack of quality televised poker to watch outside of the World Series of Poker coverage ever since Black Friday happened. Reason being with all the top online poker sites exiting the US market, has resulted in the sponsorship dollars drying up.

PNIA fans can also watch a live stream of the celebrity cash games at www.pokernight.com and if you happen to miss any of the Sunday episodes, you can watch past episodes on the website.