FOX Sports 1 will broadcast the first ever episode of the World Poker Tour Alpha8, televised high-stakes poker tournaments held at the most prestigious gaming resorts in the world, on Sunday, March 16 at 10 pm ET. First out is the WPT Alpha8 Florida event that was played at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Florida, last year. The event attracted 21 entries ($100,000 buy-in) and the winner took home a first place prize of $891,660!
The show is hosted by Lynn Gilmartin and Ali Nejad and Oliver Busquet are the commentators. Here is a preview of the first episode.
This promo make me think they not advertising poker or high stake games rather than making infomercial about all these frequent tourist destinations. Which sometimes involve a mild amount of card game. And a handful of 'apple genius' looking dudes who've been shown of as 'alphas'.
The host need to be hot, anyway will be checking it out, the first small trailer looks interesting, hope we get lots of good matchup and that we can get an interesting tourney with a woman winning in 2014!! Cheers!
In essence these are like mega high stakes SNGs, except its all televised.
They way things are you have to think that the amount of the buy-in can only ever go up from now, not just these big money toruneys even things like WSOP, incrementallly not as much but you can tell promoters want bigger pots and more exotic locations and all the rest of it. Poker is a table game, passive, so you have to glamourise it a bit and make it more attractive.