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WPT Announces Alpha8 Global High-Roller Series on Fox Sports
Televised poker in the US is about to bounce back in a big way with the WPT's announcement of a new global high-roller series to air on Fox Sports in 2014.
Dubbed "Alpha8," the series will hit North America, Europe, Asia and South Africa and feature events with at least $100,000 buy-ins.
The series will start with WPT Alpha8 Florida on August 26 at the Seminole Hard Rock Open. Four-hour shows highlighting the action will begin airing on Fox Sports 1 starting in March, 2014.
“I am honored to announce Alpha8, WPT’s newest and most ambitious offering in conjunction with its primetime home on FS1,” said WPT President, Adam Pliska.
“Showcasing the world’s poker elite and featuring multimillion dollar prize pools, Alpha8 represents the highest televised treatment of super high-roller tournament poker to date.
"Playing out over a global stage, this series will give audiences insight into the intensity and skill demanded at the sport’s highest levels.”
Episodes Air on Fox Sports Sundays at 10 pm
Tourney structures will be designed by WPT Tour Director Matt Savage and Lynn Gilmartin will serve as the show's anchor.
Recorded episodes of WPT Alpha8 events will air on Sundays at 10 pm ET with in-depth coverage of all the play down to the final table.
“We’re excited to bring WPT’s new high-roller series to FS1 viewers,” said FOX Sports 1 Vice President of Programming David Sussin.
“WPT Alpha8 will be a key part of our primetime line up and a tremendous complement to our other sports programming including MLB, NASCAR, UFC, soccer, and college basketball and football."
A live stream of WPT Alpha8 Florida will be available on WPT.com on August 27 and the final table of the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open, with its $10m guarantee, will stream Aug. 28.
More details on the Alpha8 series from the WPT here.