|A new games format is just about to hit the screens, as men and women go head to head to see which sex is better at poker. Poker Royal Battle of the sexes, is a seven episode invitational tournament hosted by syndicated radio personality Tom Leykis, who is known for defense of the male species.|
The announcement was made today by Ian Valentine, Senior Vice President of Programming, GSN. 'Based on the success of our first poker series, we wanted to follow with a second installment with a unique twist. Poker Royal, Battle of the sexes is entertaining and engaging for players of every skill level.'
Valentine continues, 'There's a real ongoing debate in the poker world as to whether the women are as good as the men. We sit our viewers right at the table to watch the play and hear the banter.'
Leykis, the controversial sharp-tongued broadcast radio personality, will undoubtedly root for the men. The 'Tom Leykis Show' has been syndicated from Los Angeles since 1994, and has developed its reputation as a forum on male/female issues. In the ladies corner is TV personality Kennedy, who will lend her sassiness to the women's corner.
The championship includes the world's top players including Chris Moneymaker (2003 World Series of Poker 1st place), Paul Wolfe (2003 World Championship Online Poker final runner up), Greg 'Fossilman' Raymer (2004 World Series of Poker 1st place), Amir Vahedi (2001 No Limit Texas Hold'em Player of the Year), Layne Flack (5 Time World Series of Poker Champion) and Antonio Esfandiari (World Poker Tour first place champion). In the women's corner are Kathy Liebert (2002 Party Poker Millio champion), Jennifer Harman (World Poker Tour Bellagio 4th place), Evelyn Ng (World PokerTour Ladies Night 2nd place), Karina Jett, Kristy Gazes (2001 World Series of Poker Shoe 5th place) and Clonie Gowen (World Poker Tour Ladies Night champion).
In each of the first six episodes of POKER ROYALE: BATTLE OF THE SEXES three men and three women from the teams of men and women will play a game of No Limit Texas Hold'Em. Every episode champion wins $10,000 and six points.
The player who finishes second receives five points, third place receives fourpoints, fourth place receives three points, fifth place receives two points and last place receives one point. In the seventh episode's final match, the top three point leaders for the men and women will face off for the championship. The winner of the tournament takes home $100,000 and wins an extra $30,000 to be split among the remaining team members.