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PokerStars The Big Game Sneak Peek

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PokerStars' new TV high stakes cash game show, "The Big Game" will start airing June 14th on FOX. The show will run 5 nights a week at 1:00 am.

It's a 6-handed holdem cash game with $200/$400 blinds and $100 ante. The minimum buy-in is $100,000. It looks like it's going to be pot-limit preflop, no-limit post-flop.

Along with the poker pros every week one seat will be filled by a Loose Cannon. A player that wins a $100k buy-in for The Big Game. Anything they win above $100k they get to keep.

Daniel Negreanu posted a few stills from the show in his blog. (click pic below to enlarge)


Amanda Leatherman will host and PokerStars Pros Daniel Negreanu, Barry Greenstein, Jason Mercier and Vanessa Rousso appeared in the promo and will probably appear on the show. Negreanu will obviously be on, and I can't imagine PokerStars hosting a cash game show that doesn't include Greenstein.

According to the stills, Doyle Brunson and David Williams will also be on the show. I can't make out/recognize the other two players. Phil Hellmuth's has tweeted and Tony G has blogged about their tapings.

Side Note: Now that David Williams left Bodog, could his appearance indicate he's joining PokerStars?

How To Become a Loose Cannon

Anyone can win a seat on The Big Game. You'll need the PokerStars software. If you don't already have it, you can download it here.

You'll need to do well in a series of 3 tournaments. Between March 26-June 25 PokerStars is running Big Game Round 1 qualifiers. The top 300 players in each Round 1 qualifier win a seat into Round 2.  The top 1,000 from Round 2 get to play in the Big Game Final Round qualifier.

All qualifiers are free to enter and you can enter as many times as you'd like. To find out more visit PokerStar's The Big Game promo page.

If you finish in the top 200 of the finals it's not over yet. You then have to send in a casting video.

There are over 400 PokerStars Big Game video auditions posted on YouTube.

People are putting a lot of effort into their casting videos so finishing deep in three tournaments isn't enough. Here's an example:


I can't see her not getting on the show. It never hurts to have an attractive woman on a show and she's actually been playing on PokerStars for a couple of years under the screenname Antip.

I like how this next one goes for the same look and feel that PokerStars uses in their Team PokerStars Pro photos.

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