Rush Street Productions, the TV development arm of the Chicago-based gaming business, will launch a live celebrity version of its hit series Poker Night in America (PNIA) on American TV network CBS Sports Network next month.
Set to debut on the network from March 20th, Poker Night LIVE will air every Tuesday for 13 weeks, looking to benefit from the popularity of recent live poker events broadcast via Amazon-owned streaming service Twitch.
Poker Night LIVE is an addition to the successful PNIA series which has been airing on CBS Sports since June 2014, and has just been renewed for another season.
"We've been re-imagining TV poker for the past four years, making it more fan friendly with famous faces and a fun atmosphere," said Todd Anderson, president of Rush Street Productions. "This is the latest exciting step as we continue to revolutionize how fans can watch poker.
"Anything can happen on live TV and probably will with a table filled with celebrities. The viewers will be able to see and hear everything that's happening, just as if they are another player sitting at the table."
The live show will be similar to the popular PNIA cash game, only with lower stakes, and broadcast from California's Gardens Casino, located just south of Hollywood.
Phil Hellmuth, 14 time WSOP bracelet winner, has signed on for the first show, with other celebrities appearing to soon be announced.
"This will be unlike any poker show currently on TV," Anderson continued. "Poker Night LIVE will be more like a Hollywood home game brought directly into viewers homes with lots of interesting guests, lots of laughs and lots of live action."
Poker Night LIVE will also see host Joe Stapleton, the American poker commentator and comedian, leave the announcing booth to take a seat at the TV table.
"Stapes (Stapleton) is a huge talent, and a blast to play poker with," said Poker Night LIVE’s newly-appointed executive producer Jonnie Kedj. "With his comedic skills and vast experience at calling some of the most iconic poker hands of all time – we can’t wait to watch him mix it up with celebs on live TV."