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Daniel Negreanu Discusses Poker Stars Million Dollar Challenge

Kid Poker Talks About the Details of Poker’s Newest TV Show

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PokerStars.net Million Dollar ChallengeFighting back tears, Daniel Negreanu was surprised to realize how much he cared about the contestants’ results on PokerStars.net Million Dollar Challenge, a new poker TV show that premieres on Fox this Sunday at 4:30 p.m. ET, following the National Football League.

“It really hit me hard. I almost cried at one point,” said Negreanu, the four-time bracelet winner who is the centerpiece of the show. “I found myself getting very emotional for the contestants. These are real people, and $25,000 to poker players doesn’t seem like a lot of money, but for someone who has bills piled up, it’s a big deal.”

Contestants can qualify for the show after they finish at the top of a freeroll tournament online on PokerStars and submit an audition tape. The selection process has already produced some colorful characters, including a Roman Catholic priest from South Carolina who will compete on the show in the hopes of earning enough money to finance the building of a new church.

“Even if I didn’t win any money, it would be an opportunity for people across the country to see that there are still young men choosing to be priests, and that one can be joy-filled and have fun as one serves God,” the 28-year-old Fr. Andrew Trapp told Catholic Online.

The new poker show will be of a game-show variety, complete with celebrities and special features.

“It should be understood that it’s a game show first and a poker show second,” said Negreanu. “A lot of people involved are game-show people, and it’s designed to attract a new audience to poker.”

The promo video that PokerStars released (embedded at the bottom of the article) looks promising, as the clips highlight raw emotion, major celebrities, and some of the best poker players in the world.

Playboy Playmate Jayde Nicole, the NFL’s Jerome Bettis, and mixed martial arts champion Tito Ortiz all compete on the show, as does Chris Moneymaker, Barry Greenstein, and Vanessa Rousso.

“Step one is to play against a celebrity,” said Negreanu.

If the contestant wins that match, it’s on to a pro. But… there’s a catch.

“They’ll play against the pro with the benefit of having me, with a microphone and a direct line to their ear,” said Negreanu, who will have the ability to advise the contestants in the middle of the hand. Pros, however, can fight back with what’s called “The Dome of Silence,” where they can press a button that “cuts out my feed to the contestant so I can no longer say anything to him for that hand.”

If the contestant beats the celebrity and the pro, he or she can walk out with $25,000. Or the contestant can risk it all and face Kid Poker for $100,000 and a chance at a $1 million rematch.

All of the contestants who beat Negreanu in the $100,000 heads-up match will face each other in a sit-and-go tournament for the opportunity to play Negreanu one final time in a no-risk freeroll for a million dollars.

PokerStars.net Million Dollar Challenge debuts this Sunday at 4:30 p.m. ET.


Watch Million Dollar Challenge on PokerStars.tv

 
 
 
 

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TandG21
5 years ago

Looks like a copy cat of face the ace.

 
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agoramilio
5 years ago

not a copycat....its like price is right with poker thrown in

 
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RealZionKid
5 years ago

Would anyone face DN HU for 4:1 odds??? ...cause that is what your doing, If you can get through the celebrity luckboxes first... So say you get through the celebs and win a trip to The PCA Value $12k approx... thats what you get when you make it out of the first round but as usualy CP.com's fine authors left all but some of the facts out... then you beat a pro... you win $25k... now they want you to play DN HU and risk your $25k plus a $12k trip (where you might win a milion with no risk)... For the oppurtunity to win $100k from DN... BTW if you lose you lose your $25k and your PCA equity,,, You would have to be retarded... Or someone sworn to a life of poverty...

And actually if you wannted talk EV and all that math BS your actually geting closer to 3.03:1 or 3.7:1 if they let you keep the orig. $25k and DN's $100k... So its not even 4:1 either way... So I ask you again... You playing for 100k or heading down to the poker room???

 
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RealZionKid
5 years ago

seriously take $20k send it home... take the other $5k and try and win back what your going to have to pay in taxes on the first $25k you won... Then in a few months head to the bahamas for free... you might win again... and if you Don't atleast you didn't leave $25k on the table for shiitty odds and a higher tax bracket payment...

 
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tglode21
5 years ago

i would welcome the opportunity to play DN headsup for any amount of money- have you seen him play is the last 4 years? he happened to have a great year when poker was on the up and up and he is a keen business man--- but if you've seen his play in the last few years you'd recognize that playing him headsup is +EV for most winning players

 
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SevenKidsPoppy
5 years ago

I just watched the show, and it was OK -- much better than Face the Ace (probably because they went to school on that show's weaknesses). Daniel is a great player and a great face for poker. Praying and rooting for his mom...

 
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Jamisue
5 years ago

I watched the show and missed the password annoucment for the freeroll anyone willing to help my email is jenorjamie@aol.com

 
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RealZionKid
5 years ago

I don't care how much of a winning palyer you are... Unless you would normally buy into your limit of choice with $25k and don't mind losing it... It is not +EV.. You re playing too high... And BTW I know DN if you think what you see on TV lately is all there is you should play him... And bring lots of money... BTW Would you like to crossbook while you play him and I play some loser in the poker room... I'll even give you 10% juice off your back end...

 
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RealZionKid
5 years ago

BTW again CP you fcked up... it was on at 3 pm not 4:30... Get your shit straight or youll never get bought out for full value...

 
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RealZionKid
5 years ago

Sounds like projection to me...

 
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theloniusD
5 years ago

Richenough.....are you twelve years old? Grow the FK up and leave that stuff out .

 
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