The National Poker League will launch its inaugural season of poker with the Las Vegas Open on July 2. The series will run at Caesars Palace and will be broadcast this summer in high definition on the INHD Network, one of the most widely distributed HD networks on cable today.
The series will host smaller buy-ins in order to attract a new generation of poker players interested in competing on national television.
"Televised tournaments generally require huge bankrolls," said Nene Gonzalez, president of the National Poker League. "What we're striving for is to be the poker tournament for players with smaller bankrolls and lots of game. They may even become TV stars in the process."
The Vegas Open will consist of 10 separate, $1,060 buy-in tournaments, with each winner advancing to the semi-final heads-up round. The five heads-up winners will then advance to the final table, where they will play for the chance to win a first prize added-bonus of $100,000. Each stage of the tournament will offer prize money and will be televised. Poker pros Oliver Nejad and Scott Fischman will act as commentators.
"We believe Oliver's and Scott's dramatically-different styles of poker playing will make for excellent commentary and great entertainment," said Gonzalez.
The new 14,500 square foot poker room at Caesars Palace will host the Vegas Open. In addition to poker, each episode will also feature segments about the hosting casino, player profiles, a Poker Pro "Tip of the Day," a Tournament "Play of the Day," and a Las Vegas segment titled "Las Vegas: High Rolling and High Living Mojo Style."