2 Months, $2 Million: Producers in Turmoil During Krantz v Viffe Heads Up BattleOctober 14, 2009 9:35 am
So far G4 has aired 8 of the 10 scheduled episodes of poker reality show “2 Months, $2 Million” and the team have managed to accumulate a $507,000 profit up to now. One of the poker team members, Jay Rosenkrantz, has spoken candidly about the series and given a behind the scene insight into the making of the show.
The show which airs 8:00pm ET Wednesdays on G4 is actually 80 hours of footage broken down into 21 minutes of action and Rosenkrantz said that the show has also done wonders boosting traffic and signups to his poker training site, DeucesCracked.
Rosenkrantz goes on to mention his famous online No Limit battle against David “Viffer” Peat at the $40,000 buy-in level : “I was expecting him to be a loose-passive live pro,” Rosenkrantz said, ” but he wasn’t really anything like that, which caught me by surprise.” He then described how, after getting off to a good start against “Viffer”, he proceeded to lose big and the turmoil he witnessed from the producers of the show who “had their heads in their hands…and were just lamenting why I didn’t stop when I was up on him.”
“The cameramen were visibly shaken by what was going on” he continued, while “Brandon, the man responsible for choosing and setting up many of the teams matches, was also “feeling awful that he set me up to get crushed by this live shark.”
Viffer then returned “playing crazier than ever” especially after taking a bad beat on a huge pot, and Rosenkrantz then describes the moment he recognised a tell on his opposition, and how “the atmosphere in the room transformed from tense and excited to giddy and incredulous” when Rosenkrantz started winning, went $100,000 up and the producers were begging him to quit while the cameraman could hardly hold the cameras straight.
Rosenkrantz explains that, as a poker pro, when the action is good its best to stick around and described how he and his house mates berated the Executive Producers for being ‘huge donkeys’ and put them straight about not arguing with them about poker again.
“Two years in development, seven episodes’ worth of footage and story lines, and they still didn’t fully understand the kinds of swings and drama that were possible in poker until that moment,” Rosenkrantz commented.
Going forward Rosenkrantz confides there is very little chance of them making the $2 million in the the next two weeks now but that the team would be happy to crack $1 million.