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"ESPN Inside Deal" Set to Debut Online August 4th

Poker News - August 3rd, 2009 - Written by Bruce

ESPN has found to a way to keep poker fans interested during the break until November's Main Event final table. A thirty minute weekly poker show called "ESPN Inside Deal" will makes its debut on ESPN.com on Tuesday, August 4th. The show will air every Tuesday until the Main Event final table is completed in November. The weekly online poker show will interview some of poker's biggest stars, discuss never before seen hands from ESPN's coverage of the world series, discuss all of the latest poker news, and answer poker questions from viewers. The show is being presented by PokerStars.net and will be hosted by ESPN.com poker editor Andrew Feldman, ESPN The Magazine contributor Laura Lane, and poker professional Bernard Lee.

The 2003 WSOP Main Event champion Chris Moneymaker is scheduled to be on the first episode airing this Tuesday. This is a fitting person to have on a poker show such as this with so much hype surrounding this year's world series. Moneymaker was largely responsible for poker's amazing increase in popularity after he won the Main Event back in 2003. Millions of viewers saw this Accountant from Tennessee become an instant millionaire when he won the Main Event, which created somewhat of a poker boom drawing new players to the game all over the world. Fans are going to be able to hear his experiences which has led him to where he is today. The show has Moneymaker for the first episode, and also is scheduled to have Daniel Negreanu and Joseph Hachem on later episodes.

Part of the reason why the show is scheduled to end when the Main Event concludes is it is based partly around creating interest for November's final table. As November draws closer the show will be interviewing the remaining final table competitors. This will give fans the ability to get to know each of the remaining players better before the tournament gets back under way. One intriguing twist with the show is that it will have some sort of a contest which will give its viewers a chance to experience the final table in a very exciting manner. The details of the contest or the exact prize have not been released.

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