Binion's Gambling Hall & Casino, birthplace of the World Series of Poker (WSOP), will soon become the first casino in Nevada to broadcast poker tournaments on the Internet.
In an article published in the Las Vegas Sun last week, author Liz Benson discusses the legendary casino's efforts to "reclaim its pre-eminence in the world of poker" by launching a program giving "everyday players a chance of winning their way in front of the cameras, while also marketing Binion's around the world."
The final table finishers in each of Binion's four daily poker tournaments will be featured on the Webcast. First place winners will advance to a larger prize pool event held on the first Sunday of every month. Final table play will be broadcast to viewers on Binions.com for free.
In order to provide full and detailed coverage, Binion's has installed 7 cameras in and around the featured poker table, and has also created a production booth for the Webcast's hosts - poker pros Tom McEvoy and Susie Isaacs - camera operators, and other film technicians for a cost of $80,000.
Binion's is following in the footsteps of Los Angeles' Bike Casino, which has been broadcasting tournaments live on the Internet for some time and is largely regarded as the first casino in the world to do so. Both casinos have enlisted the services of iStreamPlanet for the production of the live tournament casts.