News Show Poker2Nite Done, For Now
The poker news show “Poker2Nite” apparently will not be renewed, according to the show’s hosts.
Joe Sebok and Scott Huff, who co-anchor the show, announced that the show was not going to be renewed for a third season via social networking websites.
The following appeared on Sebok’s Facebook page: “Scott Huff says it best: Looks like Poker2Nite is no more. Tonight’s episode was last one ever, as sponsors have decided not to renew. Was fun while it lasted, & whether you loved it or hated it, I’m glad we tried something new, & am thankful for the opportunity. Thanks to everyone who supported & enjoyed the show, & to everyone who hated it as well for at least talking about it. On to the next one.” And from Huff’s Twitter page, which also had a similar post: “Since @Poker2Nite has not been renewed: Working on a musical number for my Legally Prohibited from Talking Poker on Television tour.”
The decision not to renew the show was later confirmed by Huff to news outlets. However, the chief operating officer of the parent company of UB.com, Paul Leggett, later told website pokernewsdaily.com that the show is taking a “break from production,” leaving the door open for a possible return. Currently, the Poker2Nite website says nothing about the future of the show, and archived episodes are still available.
What could have been the final episode of the show, sponsored by UB.com, was aired on Wednesday night on the Versus Network in the United States. The show had a run of 25 episodes over two seasons. The first season was aired on Fox Sports Net.
The show featured a lot of top poker players and poker-related personalities during its short run, including Annie Duke, Mike Matusow and Kevin Pollak.
Poker2Nite didn’t make it despite the increasing popularity of poker-related broadcasts on a variety of channels and networks. Among the poker shows currently doing well are “High Stakes Poker” on GSN; “Poker After Dark” on NBC; the annual National Heads-up Poker Challenge on NBC; the World Poker Tour on several networks; and a variety of coverage on ESPN, including the World Series of Poker and the North American Poker Tour. Also, PokerStars and Fox will be airing “The Big Game,” a cash game featuring PokerStars pro, starting in June.