Audience-Participation Poker Show Premiers in October

9 September 2008

This October the Venetian Resort Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas will stage ”The Real Deal!,” an audience-participation show that merges a game show with Texas Hold ’Em.

Six audience members will join poker pros like Doyle Brunson onstage for an hour-and-a-half poker tournament. Audience members will become the ninth player by using a handheld device to electronically play the hand. Many participants will be awarded with smaller prize -- but only one can win the $1 million jackpot available at the end of each show.

”Never before has poker been so integrated with entertainment,” said Merv Adelson, the inspiration behind The Real Deal!, in a prepared statement. ”The Real Deal! will keep guests laughing and give them the unique chance to get into the heads of the world's best pros as they share tips and strategy throughout the fast-paced game.”