Posts Tagged ‘poker TV shows’

New Online Poker Series “LUCKBOXES” Coming – Jason Somerville Involved

Wednesday, September 21st, 2016

luckboxes-online-seriesWhile much of America was struggling during the Great Recession, online poker pros were enjoying the fruits of a boom period that lasted until 2011/Black Friday. A new online comedy called LUCKBOXES will explore this period while injecting a little humor into the internet grinder lifestyle.

Ryan Firpo, who directed the 2013 poker documentary BET RAISE FOLD, is behind this upcoming series, which tells the tale of two struggling brothers who stumble upon the online poker world. The project also lists WSOP champion and noted poker streamer Jason Somerville as one of the executive producers.

Based on the trailer, this show has the same feel as the HBO series Silicon Valley, with these young poker players rising to live a wealthy lifestyle. LUCKBOXES includes some real elements of poker too, such as multi-tabling, grinders living together, and how much easier it was to make a living playing internet poker in 2009, as compared to now.

Given how well Firpo did with BET RAISE FOLD and the fact that a real pro like Somerville is involved, we can bet that LUCKBOXES will stay true to poker. And if the trailer is any indication, this show might just have enough flair to keep casual viewers interested.

Whatever the case may be, we hope that LUCKBOXES will be a success and give us an entertaining poker show to watch from time to time.

If you’d like to see the trailer, as well as watch other clips on the upcoming show, check them out here.

Also, the show doesn’t currently have a release date, so we imagine that Firpo is shopping LUCKBOXES around to see what interest he gets.

High Stakes Poker Gone – Any Poker Shows Left?

Friday, December 9th, 2011

As you may already know, GSN announced that they won’t be bringing High Stakes Poker back for an eighth season. This ends the run of one of the most successful poker TV shows in history, and leaves us wondering if there’s anything left in the way of poker-related programming.

After all, this is the same year that also saw the highly-popular Poker After Dark fall by the wayside too. Both Poker After Dark and High Stakes Poker lasted seven seasons, and paved the way for other successful TV shows in the same genre.

Of course, there is ESPN’s coverage of the WSOP, which will probably always be on TV – at least for the foreseeable future; however, the WSOP isn’t a weekly program like HSP or Poker After Dark. Furthermore, there really aren’t any reoccurring poker TV shows on right now because several other ones have also been cancelled.

For instance, PokerStars Big Game was another 2011 casualty because PokerStars was busy pulling out of the US market and paying off the US Department of Justice after Black Friday. Speaking of Black Friday, it seems that this horrid day continues to have reverberations throughout the poker community – even eight months after the fact.

Following Black Friday, online poker is still in a recovery stage, and it will take something big to happen for anything to change quickly; that includes the world of poker TV shows. PokerStars would be the only sponsor capable of backing a major poker show any time soon, but they probably aren’t interested in jumping back into this world just yet. Both Party Poker and the iPoker network aren’t nearly big enough to fill the role that Full Tilt Poker did in the TV world (they single-handedly backed HSP at one point).

Long story short, it may be a while before we see any good poker TV shows that don’t include WSOP coverage.


The Year of Ilari Sahamies

Wednesday, October 26th, 2011

Towards the end of 2009, life was pretty sweet for high stakes online poker player Ilari Sahamies since he was in the midst of a massive upswing, and up $7 million in overall profits. Plus he was showing up on all of the poker TV shows, and many amateur players were trying to copy his swagger and trash talking.

Unfortunately for Sahamies, this was as good as things would get since his winnings came tumbling down in the following two months after the Finn lost over $3.5 million on Full Tilt Poker. And he continued a massive spiral that would see his winnings level-out around $830k before the FTP troubles began.

Interestingly¬†enough, Sahamies seems back and better than ever in 2011. After being down over $800k on the PokerStars high stakes tables in July, Sahamies has gone on a big heater, which includes winning almost $2 million in the past three months. Currently, Sahamies’ PokerStars winnings sit at $1.4 million, and things don’t look to be slowing down any time soon for him.¬†In the last week alone, “Ilari FIN” has pulled in $750k, and is the hottest player in poker.

With all of this being said, you have to wonder if 2011 is going to be the year of Ilari Sahamies. Assuming he keeps his current winning streak up, it’s a safe bet to say that he could be the biggest online poker winner if you don’t count the $2 million-plus that Gus Hansen has earned on Full Tilt Poker (the site is nearly defunct).¬†Furthermore, Gavin Cochrane has tanked lately on PokerStars after being up almost $1.9 million, and now sits at $960k in overall winnings.

In any case, it will be fun to continue following Sahamies, and to see if he keeps up this torrid pace.