Bodog.com has signed a deal with a major American television network to film and produce a reality TV series in search of the United States' "most promising poker player," it was announced today. According to a press released issued by the Bodog Entertainment Group, Bodog.com founder and CEO Calvin Ayre will host the six-episode show from his luxurious Central American estate, called the Bodog Compound, in San Jose, Costa Rica, from March 4-11, 2006.
The poker TV series will present the journey of 40 individuals – 10 celebrities, 10 poker professionals, and 20 Bodog.com poker players – as they compete for a $500,000 grand prize. Every episode will feature a poker game, where the winner will take the US $50,000 first place prize and a spot at the sixth and final table for a chance to win the $500,000 grand prize. In addition to poker, the series will showcase Costa Rican excursions and music from Bodog.com artists.
"We are on a mission to find the next poker star and eager to showcase the Play Hard aspects of the Bodog lifestyle," said Ayre. "Poker and television -- combined with Bodog-style entertainment -- will make for one heck of a show, and our next step into the world of reality TV."
The episodes will air weekly on Saturdays from 11:00 p.m. - 1:00 a.m. (EST) beginning April 15, 2006. Currently, there has been no announcement as to which network the series will be broadcast on.
Eligible players must set up an account at Bodog.com and submit a completed application questionnaire for review by February 17, 2006.
Please see Bodog.com for further details.