Poker Night in America Announces Second Taping LocationMonday, September 30th, 2013 by Ryan
We recently talked a bit about a popular new show called Poker Night in America, and many people were interested to see how this show would do. They planned their first taping of the show to be on the East Coast to start things off, and it was held at the Turning Stone Casino and Resort which is in New York. The action going on there was the 2013 Empire State Poker Classic, and Poker Night in America was locked in on giving players a great experience while watching a $1650 event that featured some of the biggest names in poker showing up. A few players who we saw jump in on this event included Mike Matusow, Gavin Smith, Phil Laak, Eli Elezra, David Williams, and quite a few other big names as well.
In an impressive showing, this was actually the largest field to ever show up for this tournament in their history, as 426 players bought into the event. The final table featured a wide range of good players, but we actually some big names make it down to the final nine as well. Darvin Moon finished in eighth, Matt Glantz came in sixth, and Will “The Thrill” Failla came in fifth place. When all was said and done though it was Adam Foster who was crowned as the champion of the event.
While this tournament alone is going to be great TV, the cash game segment already features something that many people are talking about. There was one specific hand that was a bit crazy, as there was a teaser reel that was released from the taping of the show, and it showed Matusow against Shaun Deeb. Deeb hit quads on the river, and gave a nod to Matt Glantz at the table. After that he went ahead and “slow rolled” Matusow, and when all was said and done Matusow erupted and it was all caught on camera. It’s likely that this will be one of the more focused on moments from the action.
Now to take a look at the next stop. The announcement for the move to the West Coast came on Thursday when it was stated that Poker Night in America was moving to Reno, Nevada, and that they are actually going to be hosting their own tournament series as well. The series is called “Poker Night in America Presented by Peppermill Reno”. The series is going to be held at the Peppermill Reno Resort-Spa-Casino, and is going to go from November 15th to November 24th. The actual schedule for the tournaments and the buy-in sizes hasn’t been released just yet, but the Main Event is going to run over the last few days, from the 21st of November to the 24th.
Peppermill Reno has already had their Director of Casino Operations express the excitement about the series, and stated that “Peppermill Reno has a long tradition of offering some of the best cash games in Nevada in one of the most luxurious poker rooms in the country.” It’s not just going to be the tournament action there of course though, as they are also going to be running cash games for the high stakes players over a two day span, and these cash games will be taped as well. The game is going to be a $25/$50 No Limit Hold’em game, and we aren’t sure who the players are just yet. In order to play though you will have to be invited, and if you wanted to be considered for an invitation you are going to have to provide your own buy-in from $5k to $20k and need to contact the Creative Director, Nolan Dalla.
This is the second of the anticipated three stops which should be done by the time that 2013 comes to a close, and the episodes are going to be the premier of the show. It looks like the show is slated to start in early 2014, but no specific date, or other stops for the event have been announced yet, but we will keep you updated on any additional information that comes out about the potential events for Poker Night in America.