10 brand-new episodes of Big Game on Tour set to air in 2024
Flutter-owned PokerStars have confirmed the long-awaited return of one of the most popular shows in the history of televised poker, The Big Game. After 12 years, having run for two seasons in 2010 and 2011, poker fans will once again be able to watch this unique cash game format.
The game’s previous format saw a qualifier (the Loose Cannon) bankrolled to play in a high stakes cash game against some of the best in the world. Each session lasted 150 hands, and if the Loose Cannon survived, they were allowed to keep any profit they made in the game. Some of the best known and most viewed hands of all time happened on The Big Game, and it’s back with a modern 2023 twist.
On 5th November at NAPT Las Vegas, PokerStars will be running exclusive satellites to give players the chance to qualify for The Big Game on Tour for free.
These shootout tournaments will see 20 winners advancing to the casting stage (6th and 7th November) to audition for a spot in the game. This process will be run by a panel of judges, including the show’s hosts James Hartigan and Joe Stapleton. The judges will decide which two players will be given the invitation to be staked $50,000 to play in The Big Game on Tour.
The line-ups for The Big Game on Tour are to be confirmed, but there will be two No-Limit Hold’em cash games tables on 8th and 9th November, with some familiar faces along with some of the biggest poker crushers of today.
The game will then be produced into a series of 10 episodes to air in 2024.
Steve Preiss, VP AT PokerStars North America, said: “The Big Game was one of the most beloved poker programs of all time. As we continue our focus on creating the best poker content, re-imagining and re-launching The Big Game was a no-brainer.
“The Big Game on Tour will bring a level of play that hardcore fans expect from poker content. But we also will capture the journey from start to finish of our Loose Cannons in a way that hopefully reaches new audiences as well.”
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