Poker pros Maria Ho and Jeff Gross have been hired as commentators for the new upcoming World Poker Tour television series ‘ClubWPT King of the Club.’ Caitlyn Howe, a WPT Royal Flush girl, will anchor the series.
The show, which will debut in March 2018, gives ClubWPT.com members a chance to star in a televised poker series. Players from the WPT’s online poker club site will have a chance to win one of 16 seats in an invite-only tournament with $37,000 in cash and prizes up for grabs.
Winners will also receive a seat in a future World Poker Tour Main Tour event. ClubWPT.com is a paid membership poker site. Instead of buying directly into games, customers pay a monthly membership fee.
The company’s slogan, “never lose a dime playing poker, guaranteed,” is technically true. But players do have to pay to join the club.
Players can qualify to compete in King of the Club episodes on ClubWPT.com.
About the Announcers
Both commentators, Ho and Gross, gained valuable experience this summer in front of the mic during the World Series of Poker on PokerGO. Maria interviewed players after they busted and Jeff analyzed hands in the broadcast booth during some events.
They are both accomplished poker players as well. Ho has more than $2.1 million in live tournament winnings, including a runner-up finish in a $5,000 no-limit hold’em WSOP event in 2011 for $540,020.
Gross, recently signed as a Team PokerStars Pro, has $2.9 million in career tournament winnings and frequently competes in high-stakes cash games.
More Poker on TV
King of the Club is one of many new televised poker shows. PokerGO, Poker Central’s new subscription app, has created numerous pieces of original content, including a Pokerography series that includes a biography on Jeff Gross.
PokerGO is also bringing back the legendary Poker After Dark series for the first time since 2011 on August 14. Tom Dwan, Doyle Brunson, Antonio Esfandiari, and Daniel Negreanu are all confirmed to appear on the first few episodes.
Poker remains popular but interest has dropped off considerably since the poker boom era when major TV networks such as ESPN, NBC, and even Gameshow Network, were looking for excuses to get poker on television.
Prior to the 2011 Black Friday scandal, shows such as High Stakes Poker and the National Heads-Up Championship aired in prime TV slots on major networks. Those days are gone, but a new era of televised poker is set to kick off.