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November 26, 2003

Television Explosion Part 2

by Luckbox

As James mentioned in the comments to Television Explosion Part 1, Fox Sports Net is in the poker game.

Tomorrow, they air the most ambitious televised poker event of all-time. While most of the poker we see on TV is played weeks, sometimes months in advance, the Showdown at the Sands will be televised less than 24 hours after the winner is crowned!

The roster for this $10,000 entry fee event is impressive: WSOP defending champ Chris Moneymaker, two-time WSOP winners Doyle Brunson and Johnny Chan, poker bad boy Phil Hellmuth, and top pros Howard Lederer and Phil Ivey.

Fox Sports Net will utilize 21 cameras, 21 tape machines, 12 instant replay machines, 3 continuous running editing computers and a special event NFL broadcast truck.

The network says it will also feature a first-of-its-kind "Rabbit Hunting" camera, "In the event of a fold, viewers get to see the cards the dealer never flipped over and only they will know if folding was a good idea or if it cost the player thousands of dollars."

I'm not sure how this is different from the hole card cameras used by the Travel Channel and ESPN, but I guess I'll have to wait and see.

The event is set to air from 12:30pm to 6:30pm local time. Check your local listings because many affiliates will not show the entire event. My affiliate will air the last 4 hours. There is also a scheduled replay of the final at 8pm.

Nothing says "Happy Thanksgiving" like 6 hours of poker!

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