Millions of people tunes in every week to watch poker on TV. The main reason for the World Poker Tours TV success, is due to the fact that the viewers can see which cards each player has been dealt through pocket cameras underneath the table and at the same time listen to the commentary from Mike Sexton and Vincent Van Patten on the players' strategies.

The World Poker Tour will start off its third TV poker season on March 2 and will air every Wednesday at 9 p.m. at the Travel Channel. The WPT this year will be viewed in almost 60 countries world wide and anyone can qualify.

This year, an action clock has been added to the game which will give each player only one minute to act on his/her hand. This will hopefully speed up the play and make WPT poker on TV even more enjoyable to watch.

The Travel Channel also broadcasts The World Poker Tour, Aruba Classic on Wednesdays at 9:00 PM and on Thursday at 12:00 AM. Speaking of WPT 2004 Aruba Classic. Aruba 2005 is only six months away and anyone can win a seat at UltimateBet and become an instant TV star.

Celebrity Poker Showdown is on Bravo! at 8 p.m. on Tuesdays. Celebrity Poker on TV gets higher ratings than most other poker TV shows. The commentators, Dave Foley and Phil Gordon, does an outstanding job of making it fun and entertaining, even though most of the celebrity players have limited poker skills.

Sky TV is starting a poker television channel on 23/03/05 featuring live poker tournaments, advice and tips on poker from the professionals, documentaries and lots more.

My favorite choice of poker TV shows are the old tournaments shown on Espn Classic at 11 central. There are no cameras showing the players cards though, so you have to make your own reads on the players pocket cards.
There are also no flop graphics or chip counts.

NBC has the Heads Up Poker Championship in May. Heads up poker is mainly a game of psychology, so it should make for some great TV poker watching. The line up for the first round feature some very interesting matches. Phil Ivey vs David Sklansky, Negreanu vs Jerry Buss, John Juanda vs Chau Giang and "The Poker Brat" Phil Hellmuth vs "The Master" Men Nguyen.

You can qualify to play poker on TV here!


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