The current champion of the World Series of Poker (WSOP) Main Event, Joe McKeehen, headlines the list of poker professionals that will be at the SugarHouse Casino on April 9 and 10 for Poker Night in America‘s (PNIA) high-stakes cash games. The brand new Poker Night in America Poker Room is where the nationally-televised cable and web series will be streamed live and recorded from. The series will be featured on the CBS Sports Network.
Along with the cash games, on April 11 the final table of the inaugural “SugarHouse Poker Night Classic” Main Event will be featured by PNIA. It’s the second consecutive year the television crew of PNIA have come to SugarHouse, and the first time in the newly dedicated poker room. SugarHouse’s general manager Wendy Hamilton said, “We’re the first Poker Night in America Poker Room in the country and happy to feature Philly‘s own world champion, Joe McKeehen,” according to BusinessWire.
Other recognizable poker pros will be joining McKeehen, who won poker’s coveted gold bracelet and $7.7 million in last year’s WSOP Main Event, for the PNIA tapings. Some of the poker stars expected to attend are; Todd Brunson, son of legendary poker player Doyle Brunson, who has one WSOP gold bracelet and a more than $4.1 million in live tournament earnings; Matt Glantz, from Lafayette Hill, Pennsylvania, who has six major tournament titles and more than $6 million in career winnings. Glantz also does poker advising for Rush Street Gaming, SugarHouse Casino’s parent company; Three-time champ of the World Championship of Online Poker, Shaun Deeb, who has cashed in the WSOP 17 times; Havertown, Pennsylvania native Matt Brady, who has six career titles, including the 2008 Aruba Poker Classic for $1 million, and famed trial lawyer, Linda Kenney Baden, who has defended many high-profile individuals. Baden recently started playing high-stakes poker and booked the night’s biggest win in a previous PNIA session against world-class competitors that included Shaun Deeb, Phil Hellmuth, and Gavin Smith.
Each day of the three PNIA tapings that begin at 1 p.m. are open to poker room spectators 21 years of age or older.
On April 8 at 11 a.m., the “SugarHouse Poker Night Classic” Main Event gets underway, culminating on April 11 with the PNIA television recording and live stream of the final table. The main event’s buy-in is $1,100 ($1,000 buy-in + $100 entry fee) and is the series featured event, which at its conclusion will have been host to 35 tournaments over 20 days.
The Poker Night in America Poker Room at SugarHouse Casino was dedicated on Wednesday, March 23. The 6,000 square feet of space offers 28 tables and built-in charging stations are featured at all 252 seats. It’s all part of SugarHouse’s $164 million expansion that along with the Event Center features seven new food and beverage outlets, including the casino’s high-end steakhouse, Hugo’s Frog Bar & Chop House by Gibsons Restaurant Group.