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Poker TV Shows
Poker television can be thanked for helping create the poker boom. If it weren't for Chris Moneymaker's 2003 WSOP Main Event win being shown over and over again on ESPN, the game might not be as big as it is today.
Many players were exposed to poker through television coverage of the Main Event and other tournaments. Poker on television can be an educational experience; you get to watch pros play their best and worst poker with all their cards exposed, and by watching closely you can learn a great deal.
Here is a short breakdown of the best poker on television.
The "granddaddy" of all poker tournaments. With commentary by Norman Chan and Lon McEachern, the WSOP broadcast is by far the best tournament coverage on television. The WSOP will show the entire tournament and not just the final table, so you have a much better idea how the play changes as the tournament goes on. Combine the best commentary with the best tournament and the best players, and you have the best poker television out there.
The World Poker Tour stages huge poker tournaments around the world and records the final table to air on television. The commentary is done by Vince Van Patten and Mike Sexton, both knowledgeable poker players. The WPT's tournament coverage is second only to that of the World Series of Poker.
High Stakes Poker
High Stakes Poker differs from the other TV poker shows because it is a cash game, whereas most shows are tournaments. HSP is filmed over a few days and features an invite-only cast of the best and brightest poker stars the world has to offer. The show features no max buy-in and tons of action - the action has seen $500,000+ pots numerous times. HSP is unique because you can watch the best in the world play true deep-stacked poker, and with their cards revealed!