- Poker Night Live
show_name = Poker Night Live
caption Poker Night Live
format = Internet Poker Show
runtime = 240 Minutes
creator = PokerZone
starring = Various (See Presenters Below)
country = UK
network = PokerZone
first_aired = February 2005
last_aired = May 2007
Poker Night Live was the
United Kingdom's first live Internet pokershow, broadcast between 2005 and 2007 on Pokerzone, usually between 9pm and 1am. Versions of it have been broadcast world-wide.
The show, in its live form, finished in May 2007, although repeats of past episodes were still broadcast until the closure of the Pokerzone channel the following year.
The show featured coverage of online poker cash games, single table "sit and go" tournaments, and multi-table tournaments. The games featured are from the
Prima Pokernetwork of sites, and are broadcast with a short delay, with all players' cards visible. The presenters also discuss viewers' emails and text messages on poker issues.
A regular feature from February, 2006 was the "Beat The Presenter" tournament, in which one of the presenters plays a single table tournament while the programme is being broadcast, and then analyses their play along with their co-presenter after it is completed.
In 2006, Poker Night Live offered its regular online players the chance to win places in a special PokerBowl show. The six qualifiers visited the PokerZone studio to play in a "live" tournament. The show was broadcast in September 2006 with Ken "Snappit" Hawkins beating Andrew "Gilberto" Parkhouse heads up.
Presenters & Guests
Throughout its run, the show featured a number of different presenters, some of them expert players and others relatively new to the game. Hosts on the UK version of Poker Night Live included:
* James Browning
* John Clark
* Malcolm "The Rock" Harwood
* Tony "tikay" Kendall
* Barry "The Bully" Martin
* Michelle "The Night Nurse" Orpe
* "Dr Tom" Sambrook
* Greg "Axxeman" Winters
Guests in the commentary box have included:
Several celebrities have been known to play on the TV broadcast tables, including:
Nick Bateman(Former "Big Brother" contestant)
* Roberto Conte (Former "Big Brother" contestant)
Charles Ingram("Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?" million winner, convicted of deception)
Grub Smith(TV presenter)
Phil Taylor( Dartschampion)
In February 2006, a Canadian version was created for Casino and Gaming Television (now called
GameTV). The Canadian version ran for two hours, instead of the four hour run-time of the UK show. The format was similar with more focus on Sit and Go tournaments and No Limit Cash tables featuring Canadian players. The show aired live Wednesday to Sunday at 11:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. EST. Repeated episodes were aired Monday and Tuesday at 11:00 p.m. and 7 days a week from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
The show was cancelled in December 2006 when CGTV was rebranded to
Presenters on the Canadian version have included:
John "Johnny T" Tokatlidis(Host/Expert)
* Devin "Downtown Devo Brown" Armstrong (Expert)
* Antonio "The Magician" Esfandiari (Celebrity Expert)
* [http://www.pokernightlive.co.uk/ Official site]
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