Fox Sports Net (FSN) this month began airing "Poker Superstars Invitational Tournament III," a 36-week long event featuring 24 of some of the world's top pros battling it out live in front of FSN's cameras. Participating pros include Mike Sexton, Johnny Chan, Chris "Jesus" Ferguson, Todd Brunson, Phil Ivey, Ted Forrest, Carlos Mortensen, Phil Hellmuth, Jennifer Harman, Chris Moneymaker, Greg Raymer, Mike Matusow, Gus Hansen, Daniel Negreanu, Barry Greenstein, Antonio Esfandiari, Jennifer Tilly, and Greg Raymer.
"Poker Superstars Invitational Tournament III" (PSIT3) changes its format each week in order to continuously challenge the players as they compete for shares of the $1.2 million purse, which will award the winner with more than $500,000.
This season, PSIT has each of the 24 players play five "regular season" matches. The top 16 players advance to the Super 16 round with four players per table. The winners of those short-handed tables advance to the quarterfinals, with the winners of that round moving onto the semifinals. The semifinals are two heads-up tables, best two-out-of-three. The winners of those matches advance to the finals, where the grand prize awaits whoever can win the best three-out-of-five matches.
"The Poker Superstars format has been incredibly successful for FSN," said George Greenberg, Executive Vice President of Programming and Production. "No other poker show on television can guarantee the top 24 players showing up for an entire season. It's an all-star game where every hand played is a true poker lesson for the viewers."
PSIT3 is hosted by sports host Chris Rose and features analysis by pro poker player Howard Lederer. "The Professor" is occasionally joined by sister and fellow pro Annie Duke who is a guest analyst on the show.
The third season of PSIT airs every Sunday night on FSN at 8 p.m. (local time). Each one hour show is preceded by a repeat of the previous week's show at 7 p.m. (local time).