Star-Studded Program to Be Televised on Sunday Nights Beginning Sunday, Oct. 30
CHICAGO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–“The Final Table,” a new poker series featuring Phil Hellmuth and Antonio Esfandiari, premieres on CBS Sports Network on Sunday, Oct. 30. The one-hour show will air weekly on Sunday nights at 11 p.m. ET.
“The Final Table” will feature coverage of poker tournaments throughout the United States, complemented by unique insights and analyses from the star-studded announcing team, which includes poker icons Hellmuth, Esfandiari, Maria Ho and David Tuchman, as well as long-time poker commentator and comedian Joe Stapleton. “The Final Table,” will air immediately following “Poker Night in America,” another Rush Street Productions project.
Phil “the Poker Brat” Hellmuth is one of the most prolific personalities of the game, having earned nearly $21 million at the felt and worldwide recognition.
“‘The Final Table’ is some of the most fun I’ve had in poker,” said Hellmuth, poker’s all-time World Series of Poker (WSOP) gold bracelet leader with 14. “The viewer will enjoy seeing both the action at the table and the interaction between the commentators.”
Highly esteemed in the poker community, Esfandiari consistently ranks in the top three for live tournament winnings around the globe. He’s joined by poker icons Maria Ho and David Tuchman, plus experienced poker commentator and comedian Joe Stapleton, whose signature self-deprecating humor is on display on “The Final Table.”
Ho is no stranger to the broadcast booth after becoming the first female commentator in poker in 2012. A highly accomplished poker pro, she earned a significant crossover after competing in the highest-rated season of TV’s “The Amazing Race.”
Tuchman may have the best chance of avoiding on-air punishment, with more than a decade of experience doing unscripted poker commentary. Through various high-profile assignments, he’s observed thousands of hands of poker played by enthusiasts from all walks of life, like those featured on “The Final Table.”
“‘The Final Table’ presents poker in a truly unique way,” said Rush Street Productions’ president Todd Anderson. “We’ve been trying to evolve the poker TV experience and continue to do so with a new and highly entertaining tournament series.”
CBS Sports Network is available across the country through local cable, video and telco providers and via satellite on DirecTV Channel 221 and Dish Network Channel 158. For more information, including a full programming schedule and how to get CBS Sports Network, go to www.cbssportsnetwork.com.