Friday Night is 'CASINO NIGHT' Starting January 21 on GSN
Special Night Will Feature Original Casino Themed Programming Including the
Premieres of 'POKER ROYALE: BATTLE OF THE SEXES' and 'WORLD SERIES OF
BLACKJACK,' as Well as Network Favorite 'CELEBRITY BLACKJACK'
UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif., Jan. 14 -- Friday night is not just
date night anymore, it's CASINO NIGHT! On Friday, January 21, GSN will unveil
CASINO NIGHT, a brand new programming block that will feature original casino
themed programming including the premiere of POKER ROYALE: BATTLE OF THE SEXES
at 9 pm ET/PT and the second season of WORLD SERIES OF BLACKJACK at 10 pm
ET/PT followed by network favorite CELEBRITY BLACKJACK at 11 pm ET/PT. The
announcement was made today at the network's Television Critics Association
presentation by Ian Valentine, Senior Vice President of Programming, GSN.
The new programming night will kick off with six weekly sweepstakes from
January 21 thru February 25 with a $1000 prize each week for CASINO NIGHT
interactive players at http://www.GSN.com.
Additionally, a new on-air campaign will be unveiled on January 21, which
features "Ms. Casino Night," who is the ultimate Las Vegas showgirl and
embodies everything great about Vegas.
POKER ROYALE: BATTLE OF THE SEXES features twelve of the world's top
players, six men and six women, participating in a series of six matches, with
matches including three members of each team. Based on their performances
over the six matches, three members of each team will earn a seat at the final
table for a shot at a total prize of $520,000. The first episode on January
21 at 9 pm ET/PT will include Chris Moneymaker (2003 World Series of Poker 1st
place), Paul Wolfe (2003 World Championship Online Poker final runner up),
Amir Vahedi (2001 No Limit Texas Hold'em Player of the Year), Kathy Liebert
(2002 Party Poker Million champion), Karina Jett (2001 World Series of Poker
Shoe 5th place) and Clonie Gowen (World Poker Tour Ladies Night champion).
WORLD SERIES OF BLACKJACK features 40 of the world's top blackjack players
and expert tournament competitors vying for over $500,000 in total prizes and
the title of world's best blackjack player. The players appearing in the
first episode on January 21 at 10 pm ET/PT are Katya Underhill, Joe Pane,
CELEBRITY BLACKJACK dealer "Hollywood" Dave Stann, Kevin Blackwood and Rene
Angelil (husband of Celine Dion).
CELEBRITY BLACKJACK features 40 stars playing against a dealer and each
other in tournament-style blackjack for a total pool of one million dollars
for charity. Jason Alexander, Jamie-Lynn DiScala, Lance Bass, Giuliana
DePandi and Coolio will appear on the January 21, 11 pm ET/PT episode.
GSN, the Network for Games, is the only U.S. television network dedicated
to game-related programming and interactive game playing. The network
features game shows, reality series, documentaries, video game programs and
casino games. As the industry leader in interactivity, GSN features 84 hours
per week of interactive programming, which allows viewers a chance to win
prizes by playing along with GSN's televised games via gsn.com. Reaching 56
million Nielsen homes, GSN is distributed in the U.S. through all major cable
systems and satellite providers. The network is jointly owned by Sony
Pictures Entertainment and Liberty Media Corporation. For further media
information, visit GSN's press website at http://corp.gsn.com.
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