Tuesday continues to be a popular day with poker fans thanks to the plethora of poker content available on the airwaves. ESPN once again brings the heat as the network's World Series of Poker Main Event coverage begins tonight. Featuring 6,494 players from across the globe, this year's Main Event promises to give poker fans plenty of excitement leading up to the return of the November Nine.
The first part of tonight's episode features a number of the game's elite as well as several Hollywood celebrities including poker pros Allen Cunningham, Phil "Unabomber" Laak, Gus "The Great Dane" Hansen, and former television sitcom stars Jason Alexander from Seinfeld and Brad Garrett from Everybody Loves Raymond.
The second hour of coverage brings a new cast of characters into play including the always-interesting Mike "The Mouth" Matusow. Other big-name players that appear in the second half of the show include the Godfather of Poker, Doyle Brunson and 2003 Main Event winner Chris Moneymaker, who is arguably the biggest reason why poker's popularity exploded in recent years.
The coverage begins at tonight 8:00pm EST as Norman Chad and Lon McEachern once again provide the colorful commentary.
In addition to Tuesday's Main Event coverage, poker fans can get the scoop on the latest poker happenings from ESPN.com's Inside Deal. Hosted by ESPN poker editor Andrew Feldman, ESPN the Magazine contributor Laura Lane and ESPN.com columnist Bernard Lee, Inside Deal has quickly become a fan favorite.
Now in their third episode, the Inside Deal team continues to pull from their deep reservoir of poker connections by bringing fans an insightful interview with Team PokerStars Pro and PokerRoad.com frontman Barry Greenstein. During the interview Greenstein speaks candidly about playing in the Big Game at Bellagio as well as his ongoing relationship with PokerRoad.
In addition to an interview with Greenstein, the Inside Deal crew talks to the 2 Months. 2 Million guys about why poker players will enjoy watching four young poker players grind it out for millions online.
According to Feldman, they are happy with the way the new show is developing. "I think the show keeps getting better every week. We've gotten a lot of great feedback from emails and in the chat boxes. All-in-all, we love the direction it is going. We have some big plans coming up as we get closer to the November Nine's return," he said.
Tune in to ESPN tonight, and watch the Inside Deal here at ESPN.com