Hollywood hunk BEN AFFLECK’s recent poker win has led to a casino in New Orleans, Louisiana, extending a special invitation for him to attend its upcoming tournament.
The GIGLI star raked in $356,400 (GBP198,000) earlier this month (JUN04) at the COMMERCE CASINO’s CALIFORNIA STATE POKER
CHAMPIONSHIP, which qualified him for a seat at the WORLD POKER TOUR CHAMPIONSHIP next April (05).
But HARRAH’s SANDIE McNAMARA is Judi Online24jam Deposit Uang eager to see Affleck’s poker skills before next year, and has invited him to the casino’s NEW ORLEANS BAYOU TOUR challenge from 9 August (04). The tournament ends on 15 August (04), which is Affleck’s 32nd birthday.
NBC was satisfied with the results. “We didn’t beat the Super Bowl pregame show, but we beat everything else,” says Jon Miller, senior vice president-programming at NBC Sports. “We covered costs and made a little money — but nobody makes money opposite the Super Bowl, because all the ad dollars are there.
“We did well with adults 18-49, men 18-49 and adults 25-54. We got the young, upscale male demo, which is hard to reach. We’ll do poker again in 2005.”
“Television (poker) works, because there’s tremendous drama … it’s a game of wits and courage,” says Rick Rodriguez, exec VP-general manager of the Travel Channel. Anheuser-Busch is a major sponsor; other sponsors include online travel service Hotwire and Time Warner’s America Online.
ESPN is also seeing increased ratings Judi Online24jam Deposit Uang for its longstanding “World Series of Poker,” which first aired in 1994 but has also exploded in popularity over the last year with the addition of the card cam, and “ratings continue to go up,” says Ron Simio, exec VP at the Walt Disney Co.-owned sports cable network.
In the process, “WSOP” has made cult heroes out of such personalities as last year’s aptly named winner Chris Moneymaker. The final’s game, called Texas Hold ’em, adds to the drama as it allows players to go “all in,” where a loss knocks them out of the competition. This year’s series is set to premiere June 8, with the first of 22 one-hour programs.