New pro poker league gets television deal with CBS

LAS VEGAS - July 27, 2011

Epic Poker League officials tell The Associated Press that the deal will include 20 hours of programming from five poker tournaments, including a $1 million free-roll no-limit Texas Hold `em championship planned in February in Las Vegas.

The shows will be hosted by sports announcer Pat O'Brien, a current Fox Sports Radio host and former Emmy-winning CBS sports announcer who covered Olympics, Super Bowls and other sports and entertainment.

Most of the Epic tournaments will air on Velocity, a Discovery Communications network launching in October.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

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