TV’s back at GN

Oct 31, 2005 1:08 AM

Television cameras return to the Golden Nugget’s poker room for two made-for-television poker games featuring some of the biggest names in poker.

The two televised events — "High Stakes Poker" produced for GSN, and "Poker Superstars III" produced for Fox Sports Net (FSN) — mark the return of televised gaming to the venerable downtown resort.

Earlier this year, the Golden Nugget was home to the World Series of Blackjack, which aired on GSN, and NBC’s National Heads-Up Poker Championship, which garnered solid ratings.

"The Golden Nugget is the birthplace of poker in Las Vegas," said Dan Shumny, vice president of marketing for the Golden Nugget. "We are pleased to host these popular televised poker games, and to be a part of the poker phenomenon."

"High Stakes Poker," earmarked for GSN, launches its series in January. The series will unite some of the top professional poker players in an exciting match of skill and money.

Also known as a "cash game," each player will ante up $100,000 of his or her own money. The stakes are high, as a player can lose thousands of dollars, making the series one of the most exciting poker shows ever to air.

Among the poker aces scheduled to appear are Doyle Brunson, Johnny Chan, Jennifer Harmon, Barry Greenstein and Phil Hellmuth, among other high-profile players.

The series will be filmed in its entirety at the Golden Nugget on Tuesday and Wednesday. Unfortunately, the tapings will be closed to the public.

The Golden Nugget also served as the location for GSN’s 2005 series, "World Series of Blackjack," a head-to-head match-up of professional and amateur blackjack players.

"High Stakes Poker" will premiere on January 16, at 9 p.m.

The Superstars of Poker

Fox Sports Net brings the third season of its popular "Poker Superstars" series to the Golden Nugget, November 9-16. The 36-episode series, produced by Henry Orenstein, will feature 24 of the world’s greatest poker players, including poker luminaries such as Johnny Chan, Chris Ferguson, Todd Brunson, Phil Ivey, Phil Hellmuth and Chris Moneymaker.

"Poker Superstars III" is the latest in poker programming on FSN, and joins the network’s successful line-up of poker series, such as Learn from the Pros, Monte Carlo Millions, Aussie Millions and the highly-rated Poker Superstars International.

The show tapings at the Golden Nugget will also be closed to the public. "Poker Superstars" will air on Fox Sports Net beginning March 12. Check for air times.

The Golden Nugget has been a AAA Four-Diamond Award winner since 1977. In September, Tilman Fertitta of the Landry’s Restaurants empire completed his purchase of the famous downtown resort.