Epic Poker League set for US broadcast slot
Any new sporting event or tournament looking to get off the ground has to have publicity and it has to be seen. There is no doubt that television is a great way to get a message across and even though poker has exploded due to the fact that online users are rising steadily in numbers, it would be foolish to discount the impact that television has had on the increasing popularity of poker. The number of TV hours that have been dedicated to the activity goes some way to indicating that there is an increasing popularity and interest in the sport but it also helps to get more people interested in the sport. There is no better way to learn poker skills than by watching players perform and the TV shows dedicated to poker give a great insight that many people are using to improve their own poker playing skills and style.
TV can make or break a new league
Any new poker entity has to be on board with television and this is why the people behind the Epic Poker League will be feeling mighty relieved and no doubt happy with themselves. It has been announced that at least 20 hours of coverage will be provided to the Epic Poker League in the United States with CBS and Velocity showing the games. Velocity is a new channel which is run by the Discovery Communications network and this show will be a coup for the company and no doubt a great way to introduce itself to the TV watching world. The channel is expected to launch into 40 million homes which mean there is a great audience right from the start for the Epic Poker League.
All eyes on Las Vegas once again
The first Epic Poker League event takes place in Las Vegas with the Palms Casino being the setting for the inaugural event. The date of August 9th is likely to be pencilled in to many poker players schedule and the event runs until the 12th of August. Velocity are lined up to show 13 hours from the event whereas CBS Sports will be providing 7 hours of re-aired episodes, which gives fans and players a greater opportunity of catching the best of the action. Anything which brings further attention to poker has to be worth considering and this TV deal can only be seen as positive news for poker lovers.