Sky Poker launches search for the Total Player

Sky Poker launches search for the Total Player

Monday, 14 December 2009

Sky Poker is hoping to unearth poker's equivalent of Joe McElderry in its new new X Factor style contest. The Total Player competition will see mentors Matt Broughton, Ed Giddins and David Tuckman comb the Sky Poker tables for promising players. The trio will then help the chosen few on the road to pro status.

The top 50 players in cash games, sit and goes and MTTs each week will be put forward for consideration by the mentors. The trio of teachers are looking out for high quality flop play and will be assessing whether players have an understanding of position and bet sizing. They’ll also be paying close attention to players who can make re-raises, get away from big hands and win pots without a showdown. Broughton, Tuckman and Giddins will select six players for the first seven weeks of the series.

The winner, who will de decided by a public vote, will then be entered into a trio of tournaments. They’ll start in a £100 Sky tournament before progressing to a £1,000 pro event. Sky Poker will then send the Total Player to the main event of the WSOP. The mentors will receive 10% of the Total Player’s winnings from the three tournaments.

“Total Player will contain everything that has made Sky Poker so popular: it will deliver a great deal of excitement and opportunity to our playing community; an educational element; and, of course, the chance to win big,” said Des Duffy, Head of Poker at Sky Betting & Gaming. “I’m particularly excited that Total Player will offer Sky Poker players at all levels, an opportunity to showcase their potential and realise a dream of sitting with some of the biggest names in world poker.”

The show airs at 10pm on Saturdays.

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