Poker Central Looks Back at Better Times with Two New Shows

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Poker Central has responded to the public’s increasing appetite for indoor entertainment by launching two new shows.

Chris Moneymaker
Poker Central has released two new shows that will look back at classic moments in the game, such as Chris Moneymaker’s WSOP win. (Image: Joe Cavaretta/AP Photo/ESPN)

Both originals, “Run It Back with Remko” and “The Championship Run” are now available on-demand. The former premiered on March 26 and the latter on March 27.

PokerGo subscribers can watch both via their desktop, mobile, or smart TV to relive some classic moments from the game.

Poker Central Originals Could Inspire New Generation

“The Championship Run” recaps some of poker’s greatest tournament performances. Jeff Platt hosts the show and first under the spotlight is Chris Moneymaker. Although his 2003 World Series of Poker (WSOP) Main Event story has been told countless times, it’s still an inspirational tale.

In fact, Moneymaker’s win is often cited as a catalyst for poker’s boom in the early noughties. Times may have changed, but the industry finds itself in a unique position right now. With online poker sites reporting waves of new sign-ups, the industry’s reach is broadening.

Although PokerGo is a subscription-based service, some of the fresh blood may tune in. On that basis, recounting Moneymaker’s epoch-making victory could inspire a new generation of players. If not that, it will offer long-time fans a chance to pass the time while on lockdown.

“Run It Back with Remko” will have a similarly nostalgic theme. With the help of Remko Rinkema, a selection of pros will provide fresh commentary for classic poker showdowns. The first episode saw Daniel Negreanu commentate on an old episode of “High Stakes Poker.”

Privileged Position for Poker

Creating original content has always been part of Poker Central’s remit. Now more than ever, though, online entertainment is playing a central role in many people’s lives.

As world leaders urge people to stay home wherever possible, distraction become more important. For many, playing online poker has become the go-to form of entertainment in recent weeks.

However, as 888 CEO Itai Pazner recently said, the upswing may come to an abrupt end if the coronavirus crisis continues for too long. Pazner’s words of warning came during a trading update.

Although activity across 888’s network is up, a lack of live sport will hurt its bookmaking business. Moreover, with many people unable to work, incomes will drop. The combination of reduced earnings and ongoing uncertainty could, ultimately, hurt online poker sites.

To help control spending but keep people interested in the game, new poker content is essential. While Poker Central is providing a dose of original entertainment, there are other options available elsewhere online, such as poker movies, online articles, and forum discussions to take part in. Overall, the poker industry has plenty of ways to tick over during the coronavirus pandemic.

With the future uncertain, operators need to constantly find ways to engage audiences. For Poker Central, that currently means turning our attention back toward the good old days.

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