Already a poker star on YouTube, The Bicycle Hotel & Casino in Bell Gardens, California, will now be the setting for a poker TV series.
Bally Sports will broadcast a new show, called “Bally’s Big Bet Poker,” that expands on its already wildly popular YouTube series, “Live At The Bike.” New episodes will air Fridays at midnight on Bally Sports West Veteran television network.
“Bally’s Big Bet Poker is an exciting addition to our long-term gaming entertainment strategy that will feature the most thrilling high-stakes poker players in the world,” showrunner Houston Curtis said in a statement. “Fans can expect to see high stakes poker enthusiasts from all walks of life ranging from celebrities and pro athletes to billionaires and business elite that want to battle at this one-of-a-kind poker table.”
Beyond showing the poker action, “Big Bet Poker” will feature player interviews as well as behind-the-scenes access and special poker inside segments.
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The will use the same high-stakes no-limit Texas hold’em game as “Live At The Bike.” Some of the players on Season 1 are well-known names in the poker world. The roster includes:
- 16-time World Series of Poker gold bracelet winner Phil Hellmuth
- Garrett Adelstein
- Eric Hicks
- Bill Klein
- Matt Berkey
- Johnny Chan
- Chance Kornuth
- Eli Elezra
- Eric Persson
- “Storage Wars” reality TV star Rene Nezhoda
The TV show will not have any impact on the YouTube series that has boosted the profile of online poker in California.
That YouTube series, “Live At The Bike,” streams every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. It has streamed more than 3,500 high-stakes no-limit hold’em games over the past 17 years. It has racked up 100 million views on YouTube, alone.
The Bicycle Hotel & Casino Card Room
The Bicycle Hotel & Casino, also called The Parkwest Bicycle Casino, is one of the top poker destinations in all of California. Its card room features 185 tables hosting anything from no-limit Texas hold’em to 7-card stud and pai gow.
Beyond being the home of a popular YouTube poker stream, and now a poker TV series, The Bicycle Hotel & Casino also plays host to several top-tier poker tournaments, including World Series of Poker events.