It won’t be long before spring will be hitting the airways, and soon, thanks to NBC, so will televised poker tournaments. The NBC Sports Group announced it’s reviving its relationship with the National Heads-Up Poker Championship with the first episode scheduled to air on March 19, 2013.
The National Heads-Up Poker Championship is a $20,000 buy-in, invitation-only tournament played as a series of one-on-one no limit Texas Hold’em. Featuring 64 of the world’s “it” poker players and celebrities, this tournament was the first poker event to hit television by a major US network. This year’s single-elimination, bracket-style tournament will be set at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. March Madness, indeed.
NBC cancelled the televised tournament in October 2011 after a seven-year run. It joined Poker After Dark (also on NBC) and Big Game (on Fox) as the largest televised casualties of poker’s Black Friday, when the two largest advertisers, PokerStars and Full Tilt Poker, were handed indictments by the Department of Justice.
Yet, as we see every year as winter melts into spring, new life rises from the ashes of what came before it. PokerStars emerged even stronger, making good on its (and even Full Tilt’s) promises and has the potential to gain a physical foothold in the US sometime this year. With individual states now in charge of their own online gambling destiny, poker players now have hope again that the game they love will not only become mainstream again, but also on prominent television networks, online, and in large tournament fashion.
Casino operator, Red Rake Gaming (RRG), has grown its presence in the Eastern European market following a partnership with Pokerdom, which it praises as one of the biggest providers in the region. As a result of this deal, the provider from Spain and Malta will distribute its lobby of slot games to Joker Online and Pokerdom. Red Rake Gaming continues to push the limits with new gaming concepts based on the experience of players in the game development cycle.
One of the leading iGaming software providers, Red Rake Gaming, has recently added a brand-new feature to its portfolio - a progressive tournament tool. The new feature aims to boost and enhance the gaming experience while at the same time increase the winning potential.
This tool will allow the brand’s partners to seamlessly set up progressive slot tournaments across all Red Rake titles.
Evolution Gaming, the leading provider of live casino solutions, has announced the launch of Side Bet City, a 1980s-themed poker room that promises to give punters a real taste of the 80s.
Transporting players back to 1985 it’s a Las Vegas poker room with a stunning setting complete with bright neon lights for an authentic late-night buzz.
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