Las Vegas, NV – September 18, 2018 – Poker Central and Stadium today announced a first-of-its-kind poker show available exclusively on Facebook Watch. Friday Night Poker, premiering on September 21, is a new-format series showcasing the most prominent personalities in poker competing on the felt with thousands of dollars on the line each session. Over 13 weeks, viewers on Facebook Watch will have the opportunity to engage with the hosts and players in real-time throughout the broadcasts, and may even have a chance to compete by winning a seat in the show. Fans can follow Stadium’s Friday Night Poker Page to get episodes added to their Watchlists.
Friday Night Poker features a unique format that encourages fan interaction, including:
- A No-Limit Texas Hold’em cash game featuring poker’s best players and biggest personalities
- Hosted by Jeff Platt, poker media member and play-by-play announcer, Brent Hanks, professional poker player, and Amanda Leatherman, prominent radio and poker personality
- Exclusive Q&A sessions between viewers and players, providing valuable strategic insight from the best players in the world
- A short-form preview show hosted by Jeff, Brent, and Amanda at 7:00 pm ET on Thursday evenings to review the next day’s lineup and to discuss strategy with player guests
Episodes will air from 7:00-11:00 pm ET on Friday nights with poker play on a 30-minute delay as required by Nevada gaming regulations. Games will take place out of the PokerGO Studio at ARIA Resort & Casino in Las Vegas.
The partnership behind Friday Night Poker grows Poker Central’s content reach across digital platforms while also expanding the multi-platform sports network Stadium’s existing content distribution relationship with Facebook.
“As Poker Central continues to expand its reach across audiences, growing in highly engaged social channels was a clear evolution,” said Sam Simmons, vice president of content for Poker Central. “Developing Friday Night Poker as a customized viewing experience on the Facebook Watch platform represents a significant milestone in that growth.”
“We’ve taken great pride in evolving the traditional live television experience by creating unique social and interactive elements while still keeping production values high,” said Stadium CEO Jason Coyle. “Being able to take those elements and bring fans an interactive poker experience on Facebook is something we’re incredibly excited about.”
About Poker Central®
Poker Central is the ultimate destination for fans of poker tournaments, cash games, and lifestyle away from the tables. Poker Central delivers poker’s most premier live events around the world via PokerGO, its direct-to-consumer OTT subscription service, as well as through network television distribution. PokerGO delivers over 100 days of live poker on an annual basis alongside a video-on-demand library that features original series and classic poker programming. Streaming and televised tournaments include its owned tournaments, such as Super High Roller Bowl, Poker Masters, and U.S. Poker Open, along with The World Series of Poker, ARIA High Roller Series, and WPT final tables, among others. For more information, visit www.pokercentral.com and www.pokergo.com.
Stadium is the original multi-platform sports network featuring exclusive live and on-demand games and events, extensive highlights, classic games, original programming, and daily live studio programming. Stadium includes a 24/7 linear feed distributed across both digital and broadcast platforms, as well as a comprehensive array of on-demand (VOD) digital content including additional live games and events. Stadium is owned by a collection of industry leaders including Sinclair Broadcast Group, BAMTech, the NHL, the PGA TOUR, and Meredith Corp. To learn more, visit: http://watchstadium.com/
About Facebook Watch
Facebook Watch is a place to discover and enjoy shows on Facebook. Home to a wide range of shows – from scripted comedy and drama, to competition and reality series, to individual creators and live sports – Facebook Watch is a video platform where episodic content, community and conversation come together. This is a personalized viewing experience, where you can discover new series based on what your friends are watching, and catch up on the shows you follow. Facebook Watch is available for free on mobile apps across Apple and Android, on desktop, laptop and on TV apps listed here: https://videoapp.fb.com/.