The show, set for a seven week run on the different regional networks of the Fox Sports cable system, made its debut with the first episode showing three times during the evening, at 9PM, 11PM and 12:30AM (all Eastern time).
The three different times help accommodate the contractual agreements regional networks have with local college and professional athletic teams that require them to cover their games. With three different times, regional network should be able to bring to poker fans at least one offering of the show on Mondays.
The show itself has some promise, if only for the combative atmosphere at the tables and between the hosts themselves.
Thirty-six players, including Godsmack's Sully Erna, Anthrax's Scott Ian, blackjack champion "Hollywood" Dave Stann and model and Absolute Poker spokesperson Serinda Swan, battle it out at the Pechanga Resort and Casino in California, while Duke and Hellmuth sit back and eliminate players not by chip count but by how good their play is.
By the midpoint of the run of the show, the two professionals will choose teams that will compete for a seat at the 2008 World Series of Poker Championship Event.
With a lack of new poker programming on the air at this time, Duke and Hellmuth's Best Damn Poker Show should be a way to pass the time until the latest season of the World Poker Tour hits the airwaves in the next couple of months.
Check your local listings to see when next Monday's episode of the Best Damn Poker Show will appear. For further insight into the show, visit Earl's blog.