Play pros for $1 million on NBC

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Phil Ivey: One Ace you may not want to face.

NBC and Full Tilt Poker are joining forces to produce a brand new poker game show offering the general public a chance to play top pros for up to $1 million.

Dubbed Face the Ace, the show will give qualifying contestants the opportunity to compete against as many as three different top professional poker players on national television in the U.S.

Would-be contestants can qualify for free through a series of round-the-clock tournaments on www.facetheace.com or www.fulltiltpoker.net.

The first set of winners will be flown to Las Vegas this summer for the taping of seven one-hour shows currently scheduled to begin airing Saturday, August 1 at 9:00 p.m. ET on NBC.

Contestants on the show will have to choose between four smoked-glass doors, behind which sit four top poker pros, also known as "The Aces."

The contestant will play the pro chosen in a heads-up No-Limit Texas Hold 'em match. If they win, they will then have the opportunity to take the cash or risk it all battling a different pro for more money.

A contestant must beat three Aces to win the $1 million grand prize.

The show will be hosted by The Sopranos' Steve Schirripa.

The Aces will include Full Tilt Pros Phil Ivey, Patrik Antonius, Gus Hansen, Howard Lederer, Erick Lindgren, Erik Seidel, Allen Cunningham, Mike Matusow, John Juanda, Jennifer Harman, Chris "Jesus" Ferguson, Andy Bloch and Phil Gordon.

Complete rules can be found on the Face the Ace website at http://www.facetheace.com/rules.html.

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