"Poker Night Live" to hit Canada

"Poker Night Live," the world's first televised Internet poker program, is scheduled to make its debut in North America when it is broadcast in Canada through Casino and Gaming Television Canada (CGTV).

The show's revolutionary concept fuses entertainment programming with online gaming, and allows poker enthusiasts the opportunity to participate in televised high stakes games of Internet poker while their game is analyzed by a team of poker pros.

"We're proud to bring 'Poker Night Live' and its refreshing, unique and innovative approach to online poker into living rooms across Canada," says Terry Debono, CGTV's co-founder and CEO.

"Through an entertaining blend of high stakes online poker, and live commentary by our panel of experts, we're positive 'Poker Night Live' will appeal not only to poker lovers, but to gaming enthusiasts and entertainment fans alike."

"Poker Night Live" first aired in April, 2005, on the U.K. gaming channel, Poker Zone. Since its launch, "Poker Night Live" has surged in popularity and now has over 200,000 unique weekly viewers. The show was recently awarded "Poker TV Programme of the Year" at the prestigious 2006 U.K. Gambling Awards.

"Poker Night Live" will air seven days a week from 11 p.m. to 1 a.m. (EST) on Rogers Digital Cable channel 288, Bell ExpressVu channel 274, Videotron Illico Digital TV channel 59, and Mountain Cablevision Channel 389.

"Building on the phenomenal success 'Poker Night Live' has enjoyed in the U.K., we wanted to give poker players, big and small, the same unique opportunity to have their game critiqued by a panel of distinctly Canadian experts," continued Debono.

The Canadian edition of the show will boast a team of home-grown hosts and poker players, including Tina Teggart, 'Johnny T' Tokatlidis, and Devin 'Devo' Armstrong.

"Poker Night Live" is also broadcast in the U.K. and Scandinavia.

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