Poker Channel extends German reach

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More poker is on its way to German audiences now that the Poker Channel has made a deal with Unity Media's cable operators in the nation.

Hot on the heels of its launch as Belgium's first dedicated poker channel, the Poker Channel is now working with Ish and Iesy in Germany to increase viewership there as well. The new agreements increase the channel's total subscriber base to more than 14 million homes.

Previously the Poker Channel was carried on two other networks in Germany, Kabel Deutschland and KBW. It is also available in Sweden, Norway, Finland and Denmark on Canal Digital; France on Noos Numericable and ADSL platform; Belgium on BeTV, and in the U.K. on Sky Channel 167.

For Europeans who don't have access to any of those networks, the Poker Channel can also be viewed via satellite. Those with a dish can just point it towards 1 degree West and make sure the appropriate set-top box is tuned to 11.229 GHZ Horizontal.

Poker fans won't be disappointed if they tune in. The channel's programs include the European Poker Masters, featuring some of the biggest names in poker and more than $1 million in combined prize pool money.

There's also the Million Dollar Cash Game, which features Phil Ivey, Chris "Jesus" Ferguson, Gus Hansen, Jennifer Harman and more playing in Europe's highest-stakes cash game.

The Invitational from Monaco will also take viewers inside Monte Carlo's famous Grand Casino for the first-ever poker event staged there. It was the first time cameras were allowed inside the historic venue and the Poker Channel has got it.

If you're interested in learning more about poker, the Poker Channel has a little something for you as well with 12 Steps to Poker Heaven, an educational how-to series that takes viewers through beginner, intermediate and pro lessons with tips from world-renowned pros.

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