Television shows that feature amateurs and pros are popular in Canada and other countries around the world as fans enjoy watching how rookies compete against skilled players. Full Tilt Poker is the latest to launch an amateur vs. pro TV show, which will be headlined by FTP ambassador Gus Hansen.
The premise of the idea involves Full Tilt Poker online players based in the Baltic States in Eastern Europe as well as the Commonwealth of Independent States – a collection of former members of the Soviet Union. Every Sunday beginning October 13 and ending November 17, players from these states can buy-in to the qualifying round of the competition for $109.
Two players on each day will qualify to participate in the TV show for a total of 12 players who originally played online. These players will then travel to Kiev in the Ukraine to square off against seasoned poker veterans. The stakes include a $150,000 prize pool, and the winner of the televised event will receive the top prize of $35,000.
Hansen will be one of the players in attendance but there will also be others, including Alexander Kravchenko, Ivan Demidov, Maxim Lykov and Eugene Katchalov – who all represent Full Tilt Poker’s sister site PokerStars.
Following the conclusion of the televised tournament, the winner will reconvene with Hansen for a special heads up poker battle. This bonus round includes a $100,000 prize if the tournament winner can knock off the Full Tilt Poker ambassador.
With stakes this high, online poker players should practice their game skills at compatible online casinos before registering for the Full Tilt Poker qualifying rounds. The chance at a potential $135,000 is no laughing matter, and will require the winner to be on top of their game.