The Vegas Open premieres on HDTV tonight

The Vegas Open tournament, the first poker event to be broadcast in high definition, debuts tonight on INHD. The 13-episode series is being filmed in the new 14,500 square foot poker room at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas.

The Vegas Open consists of 10 separate tournaments open to the public, with each event boasting a $1,060 buy-in. Each tournament winner will be awarded a spot in a semifinal heads-up match, from which five heads-up winners will advance to the final table for the chance at a winner-takes-all, $100,000 cash prize.

The Vegas Open is the inaugural event in what is planned to be a series of international tournaments produced by the National Poker League. The organization seeks to give "players with lots of game and a smaller bankroll" the opportunity to be television stars.

"We envision The Vegas Open becoming one of the major arenas for players to make a name for themselves, without the requirement of huge bankroll or sponsorship," says Nene Gonzalez, National Poker League president. "We're giving players the opportunity to make some noise and, in the process, become a television star."

The series premiere begins at 10:30 p.m. on INHD tonight, and will continue to run throughout the summer. It is being hosted by poker pros Scott Fischman and Oliver Nejad.

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