to name America's best poker player in reality TV series 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, 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 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 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 and submit a completed application questionnaire for review by February 17, 2006.

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