Poker TV network Poker Central has announced plans to host a $1m winner takes all event that will see poker players and celebrities compete in the Super High Roller Celebrity Shootout.
Poker Central continues to fuel the fires simmering underneath their forthcoming 24/7 Poker TV network by adding a little surprise to the already planned $500,000 buy-in Super High Roller Bowl at the ARIA Resort and Casino this summer.
The Poker Central team has announced plans to host the Super High Roller Celebrity Shootout. The new event will take place June 27th & 28th, at the ARIA Resort and Casino, and it will be winner takes all for a million bucks.
The format is simple. A group of celebrities will compete in a Sit n Go, with the winner going through to the final, and a selection of the most popular pro poker players will do likewise. The heads-up contest will be a best of three event, and the winner will receive $1m in prize money. Despite the website putting added weight on the charitable work all of the players participating therein, there is no official word that the money will go anywhere else other than the pockets of the winner.
So who has been fortunate enough to be head hunted for the event?
First, the players, and there are no surprises as to whom Poker Central believe the American public would rather see grace their TV screens: Doyle Brunson, Antonio Esfandiari, Vanessa Selbst, Daniel Negreanu and Phil Hellmuth making the grade.
On the celebrity front, Poker Central have gone for the likes of Hank Azaria, Don Cheadle, Brad Garrett, Norm Macdonald and Kevin Pollak. In 2007, Cheadle worked alongside the World Series of Poker (WSOP) creating the Ante-Up for Africa campaign, to raise money for the victims of genocide in Darfur and Rwanda. Pollak finished 134th at the 2012 WSOP Main Event.
“These Hollywood celebrities are about to face off in the hardest game of their life against some of the world’s best players,” said Clint Stinchcomb, CEO of Poker Central. “This exciting, high pressure poker will be riveting to watch.”
The event will air on NBCSN three Wednesday’s in a row starting 9pm ET July 29th.