Not one of the “aces” won their match. The first contestant beat Phil Ivey and walked away with $40k.
The second guy, Don Topel (above), defeated Erick Lindgren and Howard Lederer for a guaranteed $100,000. He comes back next week for a shot at a milli.
While the show has some potential, it definitely needs some tweaks. Steve Schirripa seemed a little awkward as host. Most of the entertainment really relied on the pros making convo. The show could move a little faster, add a little more Ali Nejad, and maybe use some background mood music or Peter Bretter inspired tones.
But hey, poker is on primetime and regular Joes are playing for big bankrolls so there’s promise. We’ll see how it plays. If you watched it let us know what you thought.