Maria Ho and Jeff Gross Sign as Commentators for New WPT TV Series1 year ago
Poker programming on television continued its comeback with an announcement by the World Poker Tour that renowned pros Maria Ho and Jeff Gross will serve as co-commentators for WPT's new television series called "ClubWPT King of the Club."
The show is set to air in March 2018 under a premise that allows 16 ClubWPT.com players to become TV stars by winning a seat in an invitational tournament to be played "under the bright lights of the WPT final table," according to a WPT press release. The action will focus on two televised tables where more than $37,000 in cash and prizes will be up for grabs, as well as a seat in a future $10,000 WPT event.
ClubWPT.com is a subscription-based online poker room that requires players to pay a monthly fee to participate. Members do not buy-in to tournaments, which has inspired the use of “never lose a dime playing poker, guaranteed" as a marketing slogan.
Gross, Ho, and a Royal Flush Girl
Jeff Gross knows a thing or two about poker marketing, as he continues to build a following on Twitch and YouTube. He recently joined the ranks of Team PokerStars Pros and has live tournament earnings close to $3 million. Jeff analyzed hands during the WSOP for PokerGO.
“I can’t tell you how much I’m looking forward to having the opportunity to provide commentary and analysis for this refreshing new show," Gross said.
Ho is also no stranger to holding a microphone and providing poker commentary, having done so for Heartland Poker Tour, the Super High Roller Bowl, WSOP, and others. She remains one of the top female players in the game today and has cashed for over $2 million on the live tournament circuit.
“It is an honor to join the World Poker Tour as co-commentator for the ClubWPT King of the Club series," Ho stated.
Also tabbed to anchor the new TV series and provide a bit of eye candy is WPT Royal Flush girl Caitlyn Howe. The threesome of Ho, Gross, and Howe have all announced the new WPT TV gig on their personal social media accounts.
Televised Poker's Comeback
We are in the midst of a resurgence in televised poker programming. Poker on TV was quite popular prior to Black Friday in 2011 when the likes of Poker After Dark, High Stakes Poker, and the National Heads-Up Championship attracted many fans.
Advertising dollars diminished for poker programs after the DoJ did its thing, but recent times have seen a shift back toward the popularity of poker programming. The advent of Poker Night in America has been a factor in that, Poker After Dark will make a triumphant re-booted return this week, and now we have ClubWPT King of the Club to look forward to next year.
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