New Pro Poker League gets Television Deal

By: AP
By: AP

LAS VEGAS (AP) - A new poker league hoping to become the
equivalent of professional tennis or golf to card sharks has a
television deal with CBS, with seven hours of network programming
planned for the league's inaugural year.

Epic Poker League officials tell The Associated Press that the
deal will include 20 hours of programming from five poker
tournaments, including a $1 million free-roll no-limit Texas Hold
`em championship planned in February in Las Vegas.

The shows will be hosted by sports announcer Pat O'Brien, a
current Fox Sports Radio host and former Emmy-winning CBS sports
announcer who covered Olympics, Super Bowls and other sports and

Most of the Epic tournaments will air on Velocity, a Discovery
Communications network launching in October.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

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