PPT Season 1 debuts tonight

Poker enthusiasts can tune in to watch the first season of the Professional Poker Tour (PPT) starting tonight at 9 p.m. on the Travel Channel. The 24-week series pits a select group of pro poker players against one another in invitational freeroll tournaments with $500,000 pots and big action.

Players are chosen using strict qualifications and guidelines to ensure that they're strictly the cream of the crop of the professional poker playing world. Players can gain entrance to the league through the World Poker Tour (WPT), the World Series of Poker or other distinctions including the Poker Hall of Fame.

This first season will feature 250 players and take viewers through the tournament from start to conclusion focusing on one featured table each day of the event. Viewers will get to see other action too, because every time a player goes all-in anywhere in the room, cameras will go to the table to catch the action throughout the preliminary rounds.

To keep things interesting and keep players on their toes, players who make it to the final table of the tournament will have to beat a 90-second clock in making their play or surrender their hand. They will have a "time bank allowance" to extend that 90-second period, but it can be used only once.

Some of the famous poker faces playing in the PPT are T.J. Cloutier, Erick Lindgren, David Ulliott, Scotty Nguyen, Phil Laak, Huck Seed, Carlos Mortensen and more.

The PPT also recently announced the schedule and list of competitors for its second season scheduled to begin in September.

More information can be found at www.pptonline.com.

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