A new TV show called "The Poker Star" was introduced by PokerStars a while ago. The show will be quite similar to the very popular "POP IDOL" where talented and not so talented musicians get to perform in front of a jury with the chance of winning a contract with a big record label. However, PokerStars are not interested in Musicians, but instead in talented poker players. The winner of "The Poker Star" will get $100,000 in prize money and also a sponsorship contract with PokerStars which includes free buy-ins to a load of WPT events.
Around 18,000 people have applied to be in PokerStars new TV show. Among them you will find everything from old and experienced players to beginners with lots of self-confidence. The most of the people that get to be in the show will be handpicked by no one else than Joe Hachem (2005 WSOP Champ). Joe Hachem, will also be the one who trains the winner of the TV-show.
The show has premier next Saturday in Australian television.
American tv shows are almost always something for european tv owners look for buying rights in the future. Perhaps portuguese producers go after this show. It would be nice to have the oportunity of playing for real against the best amateurs in order to reach a superior level. The guy who comes out winner from here will have a lot to do in the future in terms of poker. Im sure he will be invited for a lot of tourneys.
cool idea.. it will be a big publicity stunt i think. Putting poker stars in the headlines can only be a good thing for poker stars and poker in general. but lets face it if the person is that good in the first place it gives them a stage to show it off..