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Poker Channel launches in Belgium
As poker continues its spread across the world, so does the reach of the Poker Channel. Through a partnership with Be tv, the major Belgian cable network, the Poker Channel will expand into the nation on Channel 36.
Some of the programs that will air on the channel include the European Poker Masters, Europe's first independent poker tour. The show features some of the biggest names in poker and a combined prize pool of more than $1 million.
The Million Dollar Cash Game will be another featured show on the channel. Players such as Phil Ivey, Chris "Jesus" Ferguson, Gus Hansen and Jennifer Harman will appear on the show to play in Europe's highest-stakes televised cash game.
The first-ever poker event staged at the Grand Casino in Monte Carlo will also play on the Poker Channel. The Invitational from Monaco marked the first time cameras were allowed inside the casino.
For those poker fans who are interested in learning more about poker, there will also be 12 Steps to Poker Heaven. The show is an entertaining and educational how-to series that takes viewers from complete beginner, to intermediate and all the way to pro playing levels.
"We are delighted to continue our expansion into Europe, and bring the drama of the game to new audiences - whether professional poker players or curious beginners," said Chris White, commercial director.
"This is another important step in our strategy to deliver world-class programming in every major poker territory, and offer a low-cost, focused and legal way for our commercial partners, including real-money .com poker sites, to access these markets."
The Poker Channel already airs in six major European markets - Sweden, Norway, Finland, Denmark, France and Germany. For poker fans who don't have access to the networks in those countries where the channel can be viewed, it can also be found via satellite dish point 1 degree West with an appropriate set-top box tuned to 11.229 GHZ Horizontal.
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