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Two more take Pokerstars' Million Dollar Challenge
A former NCAA two-sport star and a wine and liquor salesman will take a shot at $1 million this weekend as The PokerStars.net Million Dollar Challenge continues its first season with a new episode Sunday.
The show's debut, which saw a poker-playing-priest win $100,000 and U.S. Army National Guard sergeant walk away with $25,000, drew four million viewers, making it the most successful poker show in television history.
This week, Oluwasegun "Big Mike" Odumuyiwa, a 35-year-old music manager from Northville, Michigan, is hoping to get a chance at the $1 million grand prize.
Odumuyiwa, who played basketball and football at Eastern Illinois University says he will use the money to take care of his late brother's family.
Also taking his shot at the cash will be Brian Barboza, a 31-year-old wine and liquor salesman from Raynham, Massachusetts.
Barboza says he's hoping to win enough money to buy his way into the 2010 World Series of Poker Main Event.
But to get to the cash, both Barboza and Odumuyiwa will have to first beat one of the show's celebrity defenders, including Super Bowl Champion Jerome Bettis, four-time NBA Champion John Salley, UFC champion Tito Ortiz or Playboy Playmate of the Year Jayde Nicole.
The contestants will have Daniel Negreanu's help the whole way, but then they will have to decide whether to take $25,000 and walk away or take on Negreanu heads-up for $100,000 and a chance at the $1 million grand prize.
The show will air on FOX Sunday, Nov. 22, immediately following the network's NFL coverage.