Plaza hosts Poker Challenge for TV

Aug 31, 2004 4:42 AM

The Ultimate Poker Challenge began its first week of taping at the Plaza Hotel and Casino in downtown Las Vegas, marking the first ever nationally syndicated television series of its kind.

The Texas hold’em event will span 13 weeks during which time 23 tournaments will be held. Each tournament winner will be awarded a seat in one of two semi-final tournaments and a chance to walk away with more than $500,000 in prize money.

All poker players from amateurs to professional are invited to play. During the first tournament, 21-year-old college student and amateur poker player, Nick Bouyea, beat all comers, including professional poker player, Gavin Smith.

The second tournament of the weekend included poker professional, Cindy Violette. There is no limit to the number of players who are allowed to compete.

The first tournament began Saturday, Aug. 21, and weekly tournaments will be held through Wednesday, Oct. 27. The semi-final tournament begins Friday, Oct.29, and the final tournament will be held on Sunday, Oct. 31.

The "Ultimate Poker Challenge" will air locally on KVWB and KFBT. For air times and dates, as well as listings in other cities and tournament updates, visit For more information about the Plaza Hotel & Casino, a Barrick Gaming property, visit