Live at Bike premieres on Poker Central

April 12, 2016 3:02 AM
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“Live at the Bike” is set to premiere on Poker Central on April 20 at 10 p.m. ET. It will be the poker network’s first live show with commentary provided by Nichoel Jurgens and Abe “Limon” Hepner.

“Poker Central is excited to add ‘Live at the Bike’ to our lineup of original programming,” said Dan Russell, SVP of programming for Poker Central. “The live series will feature real cash games, with ­talented amateurs and pros facing off every week in one of the most iconic card rooms in L.A.”

“Live at the Bike” launched in 2005 as the first cash games live streamed directly from the casino floor. The original broadcast team has found great success in the poker and broadcasting fields.

I spoke with David Tuchman last week, and we discussed how working on the show gave him the broadcast experience that launched his career.

Born in New York, Tuchman studied theatre and journalism in college. In Los Angeles, he crossed paths with Robert Turner, who was the executive host of the Bicycle Casino at the time.

Turner remembers hiring Tuchman as a house player because of his outgoing personality and passion for poker. When Turner was putting together the broadcast team for “Live at the Bike,” Tuchman was a natural choice.

Another of Turner’s hires, Bart Hanson, had mentioned he wanted to be a sports broadcaster, so when Turner was casting for “Live at the Bike,” Hanson immediately came to mind. To round out his team, Turner hired two other prop players, Nichoel Jurgens, an aspiring actress, and Shirley Rosario, an Omaha and mixed-game specialist.

“Live” owes its decade-long success not only to its on-air talent but to the hardworking behind-the-scenes team: casino operations director Eveliene Dullaart and Kelley O’Hara, director of marketing.

Along with Rick Cloward, who at the time was director of poker operations, Joker Gaming was created to produce the show.

After securing seed money for the broadcast from a friend of Turner’s and using the technical expertise of iStreamPlanet, “Live at the Bike” was streamed to the world, and the rest is history.

Visit https://www.pokercentral.com/find-us to see if Poker Central is available in your area.

Patricia Chavira is a freelance writer and social media consultant specializing in gaming. She has played poker professionally for over 10 years. Email: PatriciaChavira@gamingtoday.com