Exclusive: Ten turns to poker for next reality show

joe-hachemNetwork Ten is set to air a reality TV series featuring a houseful of poker players being tutored by Australian world champion Joe Hachem, Mumbrella understands.

The show, with the working name of The Poker Star, is planned to have eight one-hour episodes.  

Melbourne-based Hachem picked up the world’s biggest poker prize of $7.5m when he won the World Series of Poker in 2005.

The series will be set in a house in Melbourne, where the contestants will be filmed 24 hours a day. Hachem will make occasional appearances while hands-on training will come from a poker pro known as The Lieutenant. The contestants will face a new challenge in each episode as well as a weekly game with a larger cash prize as every programme passes. The eventual winner will have entry funded into a major global tournament.

A number of brands are understood to be in conversation with the makers of the programme, which is being produced by Radical Media. The show is not Ten’s first fliration with poker. The celebrity show Joker Poker – which saw some episodes funded by Pernod Ricard’s Wild Turkey Bourbon – rated well in a late night slot in 2005 and 2006.


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