When Poker On TV Was Cool

Playing Their Cards Close To Their Chest

Whether you are a seasoned poker fan and player or don’t know how to play the game, you have probably enjoyed TV’s efforts to follow cash games and tournaments for many years.

This has made the game of poker much more popular with both young and old, and in this article, we will look at exactly when TV coverage of the game started and what the future holds for televised poker championships…

The World Series of Poker debuted on our televisions in the 1970s when CBS aired a one-hour highlights show of the event (WSOP). Even though the first shows were a million light-years away from today’s technology-driven delights, the action was enough to draw a national audience.

They made up for what the WSOP features lacked in rigorous poker analysis with colour and excitement. When Puggy Pearson, Amarillo Slim, and Doyle Brunson ruled the game, their personalities were as entertaining as the on-the-felt action.

Since its inception in the 1970s, poker on TV has advanced considerably to the point that complete series on major tv channels are now commonplace. But how did we progress from simple highlight shows to the proper extravaganzas of today?

Let’s see a quick timeline of poker on TV to get some answers.

# The 1980s

It was “as it had been” in the 1980s since poker on TV stayed untouched. CBS continued to air its regular WSOP shows. However, no hole cards were presented to the public.

The show moved from CBS to ESPN, which was one change. However, what began in the 1970s continued into the 1980s until a transformation in the 1990s.

The WSOP Main Event grew in popularity all through the 80s, with 178 players competing in 1989. The decade ended with Johnny Chan’s incredible run of success, as he became the very last returning WSOP ME winner in its history by dominating in 1987 and 1988.

Chan came close to winning his third WSOP Main Event in a row, reaching heads-up against a younger, virtually obscure player called Phil Hellmuth, Jr.

#The 1990s

The present poker viewing experience emerged in the 1990s, most notably with the invention of the first hole card cams by Henry Orenstein, the WSOP bracelet winner.

Late Night Poker, one of the most iconic TV shows, was the first to introduce the under-table cameras, which allowed spectators to see each player’s hands. This gave viewers a real insight into the skill of the game for the first time.

You’ve undoubtedly heard of the iconic and incredibly awesome poker figures Victoria Coren Mitchell (now a UK TV host) and the late Dave ‘Devilfish’ Ulliott. But do you remember when they could smoke at the table? It was just fantastic!

This hole-card cam innovation gave the audience much more extensive access to the game, transitioning from informal discussion to critical game analysis.

Furthermore, when players gained a deeper understanding, a slew of personalities evolved based on their playing style.

# The 2000s

After Orenstein laid the framework for a new generation of TV poker, the World Poker Tour was born. With the high production value of the presentations, hole card cams were finally at home. Each show featured a television set, commentary by Vince van Patten and Mike Sexton, and life-changing cash prizes.

This transformation from a cult show on British television to a global spectacle benefited poker’s popularity like nothing else. Paired with the development of online poker, the game exploded in popularity.

Following the success of the WPT, the WSOP boosted its expenditure on show production, gradually increasing exposure to more and more games. Consequently, more poker operations realised the value of TV series, bringing us to today’s best shows.

Poker is still popular today, including many casino variants of the game like three-card poker. So, whether you are new to the game or a seasoned professional, you can be assured of an entertaining evening whether you want to watch one of these TV shows or try your hand at one of the online sites.

Summary

Do you remember stumbling back from the pub after an outrageously hilarious night out and flicking the TV on to find something to watch? Do you also remember seeing absolutely nothing that piqued your interest and landing on a channel showing poker players doing their stuff?

Yep, well, so do we! Not only were these TV shows engaging to watch, but they also got you thinking about whether or not we could become the next big thing when it came to playing poker and winning some cash along the way.

TV programs highlighted the game of poker and put it in a new light for most of us, so it would be great to see some more TV shows like these on our screens in the future.

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Playing Their Cards Close To Their Chest Whether you are a seasoned poker fan and player or don’t know how to play the game, you have probably enjoyed TV’s efforts to follow cash games and tournaments for many years. This has made the game of poker much more popular with both young and old, and
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