NBC Sports, Poker Central Partnership Extended Through 2020 with More Tourney Shows Added

Get ready for more poker on TV. Poker Central and NBC Sports have once again joined forces for to bring poker to the televised viewing audience. In a new deal that extends the relationship between the two through 2020, NBC will air the Super High Roller Bowl, US Poker Open, and Poker Masters tournaments across their broadcast platforms in 2018.

Poker Central will kick off its new expanded lineup on NBC Sports Group with this weekend’s inaugural US Poker Open. (Image: Poker Central)

Poker as NBC Sport

NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app will carry live-streamed coverage from the events, with dates and other scheduling details still to be determined

“After the success of last year’s Super High Roller Bowl, we are further broadening our poker content by adding more tournaments to our slate,” NBC Sports Group Vice President of Programming Gary Quinn said.

“Our viewers enjoy the extremely competitive nature of Poker Central’s tournaments, and we’re looking forward to delivering more high-stakes action in 2018.”

Poker Central and NBC Sports Group originally joined forces in April of last year. The former debuted their programming on NBCSN, formerly known as NBC Sports Network, a month later with May’s $300,000 Super High Roller Bowl. That tournament was capped at 56 players and saw Germany’s Christoph Vogelsang win for $6 million.

Speaking of the Super High Roller Bowl, Poker Central is just a week removed from announcing the Super High Roller Bowl China, which will run March 20-22 in conjunction with Macau Billionaire Poker. That tournament costs $255K to enter, boasts a nearly $13 million GTD prize pool, and is capped at 49 players.

Poker Central is a privately held company with owners such as Cary Katz, who is fresh of winning the 2018 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure $100,000 Super High Roller, and poker pros such as Daniel Negreanu, Phil Hellmuth, and Antonio Esfandiari.

Poker TV Guide

Fans won’t need to wait long to benefit from the expanded relationship between NBC Sports Group and Poker Go. This weekend, the latter will host the 2018 US Poker Open from Aria in Las Vegas.

The inaugural eight-event series will offer nine days of high-stakes tournament action, including both pot-limit Omaha and Mixed Game events, with buy-ins ranging from $10,000 to $50,000. Here’s a look at the US Poker Open schedule:

Feb. 12 p.m.$10,000No-Limit Hold’em
Feb. 22 p.m.$10,000Pot-Limit Omaha
Feb. 32 p.m.$25,000No-Limit Hold’em
Feb. 52 p.m.$25,000Mixed Game Championship
Feb. 62 p.m.$10,000No-Limit Hold’em
Feb. 72 p.m.$25,000No-Limit Hold’em
Feb. 82 p.m.$25,000No-Limit Hold’em
Feb. 912 p.m.$50,000Main Event

Poker Central also provides original programming for Poker Go including the new documentary-style series Stories from the Felt, prop-bet reality show Major Wager, blind date reality show Chasing Hearts, and Chris Parnell’s comedy show Poker Nights. They also brought back the popular late-night show Poker After Dark.

On the non-original side, Poker Go also live streams Aria Super High Roller tournaments and World Poker Tour final tables

Fans can also tune into Poker Go over the summer for exclusive live streams for the 2018 World Series of Poker.

Chad Holloway
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Chad Holloway
Splitting his time between his native Wisconsin and Las Vegas, Chad Holloway gave up a potential law career to follow his passion and play and write about poker. His background includes a long stint as a senior writer for a major poker news site. Long well-known throughout the poker community for his incisive and in-depth commentary and reporting, we are proud to have Chad on board as part of our CardsChat writing team, where he will be covering everything from the World Series of Poker to interviews, features, and more.


mackmasterss wrote...

this news proves the expansion of poker in the world, poker is beginning to see what it really is (a sport) all thanks to the internet has made it easy to access any player anywhere in the world and during the 24 hours of day, I am sure that in the future many more television channels will join the expansion of poker, this creates and awakens the interest of more and more players around the world, the market is also voracious at the time of capturing more and more viewers , poker is the business of the future for some corporations

milencenov wrote...

Televized tournaments are very useful (and entertaining).

Now that so many tournaments will be in the schedule of NBC Sports, I can expect quite a good number of YouTube videoclips to appear as a result of NBC broadcasts.

And this is totally in favor of all players who would like to learn something from a televized tournament, or who just want to have fun watching the big sharks play.

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