Monday, April 25, 2005

Poker Royale: Celebrities Take on the Poker Pros

Bill Bruce

I have been contacted to help out with the Poker Royale television production. The celebrities are Traci Bingham, Patrick Warburton, Jennifer Tilley, Mimi Rogers, Morris Chestnut, and Lance Bass. The Poker Professionals are Cyndy Violette, Kenna James, Scott Fischman, Paul Darden, Kathy Liebert, and Roxci Rhodes. Below is more info from the press release:

Poker Royale

For Immediate Release


Are actors better bluffers or will the poker professionals sweep the celebrities in the high stakes game of No-Limit Texas Hold ‘Em? The question will be answered when GSN premieres POKER ROYALE: CELEBRITIES VS. POKER PROS, a seven-episode series debuting as part of GSN’s weekly Casino Night, Friday, May 6 at 9:00PM ET/PT. The announcement was made today by Ian Valentine, Senior Vice President of Programming, GSN.

The latest edition of GSN’s POKER ROYALE franchise sparked witty banter across the table between the pros and the representatives of the fastest growing group in the poker world, celebrity players. Not underestimating their opponents, the experienced pros put on their best game faces in an attempt to make it to the final table for a chance for the $50,000 championship grand prize.

“Our goal is to make our POKER ROYALE series better than other poker shows and this new format of the celebrities challenging the pros is totally cool,” said Valentine. “Viewers will enjoy the unpredictable action, great table talk and top notch poker on both sides.”

The third installment of GSN’s poker franchise will have sideline reporter Lisa Dergan who was named as the sexiest sportscaster by STUFF magazine and also appears on Fox Sports Net’s “Best Damn Sports Show.” Returning as color commentator is professional poker player Robert Williamson III.

In the first six one-hour episodes of POKER ROYALE: CELEBRITIES VS. POKER PROS three professionals and three celebrities face off. Every episode champion wins $10,000 and ten points. The player who finishes second receives eight points, third place receives six points, fourth place receives four points, fifth place receives two points and last place receives zero points. The players who make the final table will each receive $10,000 in chips to begin.

In the two-hour finale, the top three point leaders for both the celebrities and the pros take the top seats. Airing on June 17, the finale winner will take the $50,000 grand prize.

GSN, the Network for Games, is the only U.S. television network dedicated to game-related programming and interactive game playing. The network features game shows, reality series, documentaries, alternative sports programs and casino games. As the industry leader in interactivity, GSN features over 84 hours per week of interactive programming, which allows viewers a chance to win prizes by playing along with GSN’s televised games via Reaching 56 million Nielsen homes, GSN is distributed in the U.S. through all major cable systems and satellite providers. The network is jointly owned by Sony Pictures Entertainment and Liberty Media Corporation. For further media information, visit GSN’s press website at

Source: GSN press

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