GSN, the Game Show Network, has wrapped filming on its Three-Card Poker National Championship Tournament at the Rio Hotel & Casino, home of the World Series of Poker, in Las Vegas, it was recently announced. Competitors hailed from all corners of the United States having won their chance to compete in the event after participating in regional Three-Card Poker tournaments held throughout the country. GSN will air the championship in April 2006.
The Three-Card Poker National Championship saw 250 players competing for a first place prize of $1 million along with a $30,000 jewel encrusted bracelet. No names, finishes, or payouts have been listed. All results will air on GSN at 9 p.m. (EST) on Monday, April 17 and Monday, April 24.
Three-Card Poker is a variation which allows players to compete against the dealer by making the best hand possible using three cards dealt to them face-down. Players can make three different bets which pay based on the rank of the hand and ante. The dealer must have queen high or better in order to play.
The Three-Card Poker National Championship Tournament was co-sponsored by production subsidiaries of Shuffle Master, the gaming paraphernalia firm that owns the copyright to the Three-Card Poker game. Shuffle Master announced it will hold about 35 regional Three-Card Poker events in North America in 2006, with qualifiers advancing to compete in the next championship event which will be held at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. No details regarding dates or location were revealed.