Big Changes at SkyPoker TV

Big Changes at SkyPoker TV

Thursday, 19 March 2015

Richard Orford, Anna Fowler, Ryan Spittles and our own Tony 'Tikay' Kendall have become familiar faces to TV poker fans but we may not be seeing them on screen for a while after Sky Poker announced that its channel 861 operation will stop broadcasting. The online live stream is also set to be axed.

Site bosses confirmed the news on Tuesday saying that Sky Poker TV would continue to operate but 'under a new model'.

“We will be focusing more on producing pre-recorded TV content so expect to see more of this including things like cash games, UKPCs, educational content, interviews, features etc,” read a statement from Sky Poker. “This will likely be shown on Sky Sports, Challenge TV, and social media, including YouTube.”

Despite the closure of the specialist Sky Poker channel, the regular Tuesday night live coverage will continue of Sky Sports.

The latest developments follow the sale of Sky Betting & Gaming to CVC Capital Partners in December 2014. Although still part-owned by Sky, the new ownership model has had an impact on how they can run the channel 'commercially and legally'.

“It’s obviously a period of change for the channel, but Sky Poker TV is continuing,” the statement from Sky Poker continued, “We have some exciting plans for it and the Sky Poker community will still be a big part of it.”

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