Sky Poker

Infobox TV channel
name = Sky Poker
logosize = 180px
logofile = skypoker.png logoalt = Sky Poker Logo
launch = 7 February 2007
owner = BSkyB
picture format = SDTV (4:3)
web = [http://www.skypoker.com www.skypoker.com]
sat serv 1 = Sky Digital
sat chan 1 = Channel 865

Sky Poker is unique a 24-hour channel dedicated to Texas Hold 'Em poker.

Overview

Sky Poker started in February 2007 with a program entitled "The Open", which is a £10 Poker tournament. The player plays online, and can view hands they play on TV.

On the TV, Sky Poker has a presenter and an analyst. Each hand shown is scrutinized and analysed by both the presenter and the analyst.

Current Presenters

*Sean Boyce
*DP Fitzgerald
*Paul Musselle
*Richard Orford
*Michelle Orpe
*Norman Pace

Current Analysts

*Mark Banin
*Jason Barrasford
*Caspar Berry
*Matt Broughton
*James Browning
*Dave Compton
*Ed Giddins
*Trevor Harris
*Tony "tikay" Kendall
*Tim Peters

Tournaments

*The Open - A £10 buy-in, and the most popular tournament. Special Open tournaments include the Saturday Night Invite, where Sky Poker regulars play in the studio with a bounty on their head, and the Sunday Showdown, where 3 Sky Poker presenters and analysts play in the studio with a bounty on their head.
*Primo - A £55 buy-in, which can mean a prize pool of £25,000
*Velocity - A £10 buy-in, with extremely fast blinds
*The Five-OO (previously The Five-O) - A £15 buy-in, which is also shown on Sky Sports 2. Ex-sportsmen are invited into the studio to play in this 500-exclusive tournament.

Players can also "satellite" into a tournament, which means qualifying through a series of smaller tournaments, for a small amount of money.

Other Programmes

*The Club - A humourous daily magazine show presented by best mates Sky Sports News presenter Daniel Lobb and Matthew Broughton. Regular features include "Hand Request", where a viewer sends in a hand they played and Matt and Dan analyse it, and a guest comes in to talk about their current poker lives. Regular guests include Bluff Europe editor Dave "Blando Calrissian" Bland, and Flush magazine editor "Hairy" Jon Young.
*Stacked Up - A show dedicated exlusively to cash games. A team of 3 enters a cash game and have 90 minutes to win as much as possible. 8 teams battle it out weekly to try and get to the top of the leaderboard, based on total % profits or losses.
*Sky Poker Unlimited - A show highlighting the current nights tournaments, with many different hands analysed.


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