Rush Street Productions have unveiled plans to launch a new TV series in the spring. ‘The Final Table’ will feature some of the games darlings, a shot clock and time bank chip.
When Rush Street Gaming’s Todd Anderson announced plans to launch Poker Night in America (PNIA), back in 2013, the show was hailed as a ‘one of a kind.’
Let’s make that, ‘two of a kind.’
Rush has announced plans to launch a second poker TV show. It will be called ‘The Final Table.’ It will debut on national television in the spring. Details on the gameplay are sparse, but we do know the action will include time bank chips, a 60-second shot clock, and a promise to attract some of the ‘some of the biggest personalities in the world of poker.’
It’s time for Matt Glantz to start earning his salary. Glantz was hired as a poker room advisor and poker scout for PNIA. I am sure his gift of the gab will be used to bring the greatest players in the game to ‘The Final Table.’
The show features footages filmed during the previous six months including a final table played out at Turning Stone Resort Casino in New York. Further coverage was nailed down at Canterbury Park in Minnesota, Rivers Casino in Pittsburgh, and the Hard Rock Casino in Florida.
Rush Street Productions President Todd Anderson announced in a press release that there would be 21 one hour shows aired in 2016. A $1m Guarantee Main Event at Choctaw Casino will feature.
Here is the current schedule for March and April
February 25–March 7: Canterbury Park – Shakopee, MN
March 1–14: Maryland Live! Casino – Baltimore, MD
April 1–4: Rivers Casino – Pittsburgh, PA
April 8–11: SugarHouse Casino – Philadelphia, PA
April 7–27: Choctaw Casino Resort – Durant, OK
The Men and Women on The Mic
Rush Street Productions have put a lot of time and effort into the talent that will be calling the action. The biggest star will be Phil Hellmuth. The 14-time World Series of Poker (WSOP) bracelet winner will be the lead commentator.
Joining The Poker Brat will be Team PokerStars Pro Jason Somerville. The Twitch sensation is fast becoming the most sought after broadcaster in poker after successful stints on the mic at the WSOP and European Poker Tour (EPT).
The play-by-play action will be called by Maria Ho and David Tuchman. Ho is possibly one of the busiest poker players in the business. She is the face of The Battle of Malta, has a contract with Poker Central, and will take charge of the Los Angeles Sunset at the Global Poker League (GPL). Tuchman is a former Sky TV NFL host, and has worked with the WSOP and PokerStars for quite some time now.
“We’re very excited to be bringing this new programming to national television,” said Executive Producer Dustin Iannotti. “We plan to take some risks to try and appeal to a broader mainstream audience.The show will be unique and focus on entertainment, built around a poker game. It will be unlike anything that’s ever been produced before in poker.”
I was fortunate enough to speak to Iannotti in the summer where we spoke about his plans to launch a new TV show called Poker Night: The Tour, focusing more on the lives of the players. ‘The Final Table’ must be that show.