World Poker Tour
World Poker Tour is a name that will always be remembered for bringing the game of Poker into the homes of millions around the world.
The World Poker Tour made its debut on the Travel Channel on Sunday, March 31st and now moves to its regular time slot at 9 pm EST on Wednesday nights. The unique concept of filming the final tables of some of the major poker events around the world, with the aid of a camera on them, felt to let those viewers know exactly what cards the players are holding, makes the game that so much more exciting. You can catch the final table action from some of the biggest Poker Tournaments that were held last year and filmed exclusively for the World Poker Tour Series which will consist of 13 events in the inaugural season. The Travel Channel wasted no time in snapping up this entertainment, and it has now been hailed as one of the most successful programs on the Travel Channel with over 5 million viewers watching some of the televised events.
The World Poker was created by Casino mogul Lyle Berman and TV Producer Steve Lipscomb. The mission statement of the WPT is “to establish poker as a significant televised mainstream sport by broadcasting top poker tournaments around the world under the premier brand of the World Poker Tour.” With over 50 million poker players in the US and another 100 million around the world, they knew there would be great interest in a televised poker tournament if it could be produced in a way that would be entertaining and unique.
After viewing the first show, I think that they have succeeded in bringing a unique Poker viewing experience to those of us that play poker as well for those with no poker knowledge which may be tuning in to see what it’s all about. The show was interesting and exciting.
A Learning Experience
Whether you are an aspiring tournament player of a seasoned veteran player, you can learn a lot from watching the show. In past televised tournaments you usually only got to see the players hand if there was a showdown. When you watch the World Poker Tour, you get to look at each player’s cards for every hand. This is a great way to see how the pros play the game.
As the World Poker Tour continues through it’s the 5th season you can follow along here on PokerPages.com with the up to date information with our full schedules, reports, interviews and stories of the events that the WPT will be visiting. So come back often as we keep you informed of all that is happening.