'ESPN Inside Deal' To Air Exclusively Online

‘ESPN Inside Deal’ can be viewed online starting noon August 4th and will feature news and advice from professionals and some of the biggest winners from the world of poker.
The show, which is presented by PokerStars.net, will be hosted by poker professional Bernard Lee, no stranger to high stakes poker having won $1.35 million so far during his two year poker career and include co-presenters Laura Lane, ESPN Magazine reporter, and Andrew Feldman, ESPN.com poker editor.
Feldman said of the show: “They can expect ESPN-quality poker coverage. It will be an entertaining thirty minutes every week. They are going to get news and fun insights that you won’t get from other poker coverage.”
These half hour shows are scheduled to run every Tuesday for 3 months and are likely to build interest and excitement leading up to November’s WSOP Main Event final particularly as the 2009 WSOP Main Event gets ever closer, the show will start featuring the nine WSOP finalists. The online only show will allow viewers an opportunity to gain a better insight and interest of the people at the table, and also to interact with the presenters and guests using a variety of different mediums, such as Facebook, Twitter and email.
The  first episode will fittingly include Chris Moneymaker, who’s inspirational story of a man down on his luck, WSOP qualification through a $39 PokerStars online satellite, defeat of a field of 839 players, and eventual 2003 WSOP Main Event bracelet and $2.5 million prize money is largely seen as creating a poker boom as other players try to emulate his success. Daniel Negreanu and Joseph Hachem are slated to appear later on in the series.
Feldman, said of ‘ESPN Inside Deal’: “This production has been in the works for quite a while. We have put a lot of thought into the schedule and we wanted the most compelling for the viewer. That typically stems from No Limit Hold’em. What we are doing is augmenting the coverage from ESPN. It is in no way a reaction to what is already out there. It’s a new idea and a new way to show poker on ESPN.”
Be sure to check out the first episode today on www.espn.com/insidedeal

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