PokerStars Million Dollar Challenge Airs On FoxOctober 12, 2009 2:12 am
Sunday sees the debut of “PokerStars Million Dollar Challenge” on Fox network where contestants have a shot at winning the seven figure sum by beating a host of celebrities, including Team PokerStars Pro Daniel Negreanu.
The one hour show airs at 4:30pm ET Sunday and features contestants who have won an online qualifier tournament on PokerStars as well as being selected after producing a 60 second YouTube video. The first part of the show sees contestants going head to head in a No Limit Hold’em match against celebrity opposition such as NBC football specialist Jerome Bettis, with a win earning them entry into the 2010 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure in January.
The next round is worth $25,000 to the contestant who can defeat heads-up a member of Team PokerStars Pro, such as Chris Moneymaker, Barry Greenstein or Vanessa Rousso.
In rounds three and four contestants get a chance to play for big money and all they have to do this time is beat 4 time WSOP bracelet winner Daniel Negreanu. A win in round 3 will earn them $100,000 and they will then be offered another heads up battle with ‘Kid Poker’ but this time they would be risking their $100,000 for a shot at the $1 million grand prize. Although being offered 10 to 1 on their money, a loss at any time would mean losing everything with a charity being the beneficiary of their forfeited winnings.
The “Million Dollar Challenge” will be running on October 11th, October 18th, November 22nd, December 13th, and December 27th on Fox and the first episode included a poker playing priest, Father Andrew Trapp, who is looking to win some big money to pay for repairs and an extension to his local church.
The show is similar to NBC’s ‘Face the Ace’ which uses Full Tilt Poker pros to thwart contestants, but the PokerStars presented show will be hoping for a better rating than the beleaguered ‘Face the Ace.’
“I’m thrilled to be part of this show.” said Daniel Negreanu. ” I love the concept and I know that it will be packed with great poker and all the bells and whistles, hip graphics, and drama that FOX is known for.”