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Popular poker tournament group the World Poker Tour has announced that it has landed a television deal with U.S. cable broadcaster Fox Sports, which will cover the next three seasons of the tour.
The deal will be for three years and begin with Fox Sports covering the twelfth season of the World Poker Tour, which is slated to begin August 29th and will be held at California's Bicycle Casino.
Commenting on the deal, World Poker Tour President Adam Pliska said, “Our strategy of global expansion is now being fully realized. From 18 events in Season VIII to nearly 60 main tour, regional and national events in Season XI, World Poker Tour will provide Fox Sports Networks with nearly 100 hours of original programming over the course of this agreement. With the greater support and distribution that our new deal provides, World Poker Tour is now guaranteed to make up a major share of the best-in-class United States television poker real estate for years to come.”
Fox Sports Network Programming Vice President David Sussin added, “We are thrilled to be partnering with World Poker Tour for the next three years. World Poker Tour has delivered record viewers over the past two seasons and that is a testament to the consistent quality of the show and World Poker Tour’s position as the world’s premiere provider of poker programming.”