TSN to broadcast second season of Canada's biggest poker tournament

TSN, Canada's leading sports and recreation network, announced today it will be broadcasting the second season of the annual Degree Poker Championship, the largest poker tournament in the country. The second annual Texas Hold'em series will take place from May 3 to 12, 2006, at the Niagara Fallsview Casino Resort and will air over seven one-hour episodes in September, 2006.

The event is the country's richest freeroll tournament with a first place prize of more than $100,000. The winner will also be given the chance to compete for up to $1 million in a final-hand Texas Hold'em promotional showdown. All final table contestants will be awarded cash prizes.

Any Canadian citizen 21 years or older is eligible to qualify for the championship. Participants will take part in a qualifying competition for seats in the tournament's televised playoff and championship rounds. Each of the six playoff broadcasts features a table of six players, with the winner of each table moving on to the final championship round.

"Last year's event proved an exciting venture for all involved, from the behind-the-scenes team to the competitors to the armchair poker stars watching from home," said Adam Ashton, Vice-President of Marketing, TSN and TSN Events. "We are committed to the success of this original Canadian programming property and look forward to once again working with a dedicated group of partners that are truly best in class in their respective fields."

TSN's Michael Landsberg will host TSN's coverage of the Degree Poker Championship for the second consecutive year alongside returning card-by-card commentator, Alistair Cameron, the Salon Privé Manager at the Niagara Fallsview Casino Resort.

"The decision for Degree to enter the high-stakes world of Texas Hold'em was an easy one," said Peter Pinfold, brand manager for Degree for Men. "The Degree for Men brand is a natural fit for the guy who isn't afraid to take a calculated risk - and going 'all-in' on a national stage against the Canada's best poker players - what could be more exciting? We're proud to partner with TSN Events once again for this tournament."

"Niagara Fallsview Casino Resort and the Degree Poker Championship were made for each other," said Steve Wolstenholme, General Manager, Niagara Fallsview Casino Resort. "Canada's premier poker event should be held at Canada's premier gaming facility. Thanks to this partnership, Niagara Falls is fast becoming the Canadian poker capital."

The inaugural Degree Poker Championship attracted a national average audience of 318,000 viewers.

Please see Canadian Texas Hold'em Degree Poker Championship Crowns Champion for details on last year's championship and winner.

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