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A collaborative venture of Poker Central and Stadium, ‘Friday Night Poker’ will debut on September 21 on the video-on-demand service operated by Facebook, Facebook Watch.
This weekly show aims at enabling fans to interact and engage with their poker idols in real time while they’re playing a no-limit hold’em cash game. Fans will also have the chance to win their way into the game.
Vice president of content for Poker Central Sam Simmons said, “As Poker Central continues to expand its reach across audiences, growing in highly engaged social channels was a clear evolution. Developing Friday Night Poker as a customized viewing experience on the Facebook Watch platform represents a significant milestone in that growth.”
The series is scheduled to take place at the PokerGo Studio at ARIA in Las Vegas and will air from 7:00-11:00 p.m. ET (on a 30-minute delay) every Friday for 13 weeks.
“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.”
Announced on August 9, 2017, Facebook Watch offers personalized recommendations of videos to watch as well as categories of bundled video content. It is available for free on mobile apps across Apple and Android and on desktops/laptops.
Friday Night Poker will be hosted by Jeff Platt, Brent Hanks and Amanda Leatherman, who will conduct exclusive Q&A sessions between viewers and players at the table. The hosts will also offer their thoughts, discuss strategy, and review upcoming line-ups in a short-form preview show every Thursday at 7:00 p.m. ET.
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