Joe Sebok Gets Hot and Sweaty With Sarah Underwood

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UB.net's Poker2Nite returned last night at 11pm EDT on VERSUS with talk of Phil Ivey's star status in the game, and Jason Mercier's take on the Big Game.

Miami, FL (Marketwire) Friday, May 14, 2010 - Those who caught episode 11, Season 2 of UB.net's leading poker news television series, Poker2Nite, last night on VERSUS were in for a sweet treat; 2007 Playmate of the Year Sara Underwood chatted with co-hosts, Joe Sebok and Scott Huff, who were also back with the headline making news from around the poker traps.

With the 2010 WSOP* literally only weeks away from Event # 1, Seebs and Huff kicked off the show with a look at their annual press conference, which announced two new sponsors, Red Bull and Nat Nash. The on-air duo also debated Phil Ivey as the frontrunner in the voting for the WSOP Tournament of Champions event, and talked about Ivey's growing popularity amongst fans as a reflection of his star status as poker's all-time money leader.

World Series of Poker* and World Poker Tour ("WPT") both announced more global circuit events, with the WSOP* heading to Africa, one of the hottest tourism destinations of this year, and the WPT adding a stop in London in late August.  Sebok questioned if this was a good thing for the game, when the poker world is already overloaded with tournament tours across the world and player bankrolls are being stretched to busting point.

So, just how many can players expect at the WSOP* Main Event this year? Officials have confirmed that pre-registration numbers are healthier than at this time in 2009, but Huff and Seebs noted that the industry rumor mill is tipping a low 5,000 entrants - Seebs is more optimistic offering an over/under bet on 6,932 runners for Poker's ‘Big Dance' at the Rio.

One extra player that Harrah's can count on for the Main Event come July is the recently ‘come-of-age' Annette "Annette_15" Obrestad, who also made the move from European-facing Betfair to Full Tilt Poker on the eve of her WSOP* debut this month. Seebs spoke of Bodog's bad business decision to dump 2010 WPT World Champion David Williams from their pro player roster, and he and Huff speculated where Williams is likely to find a new home, touting Victory Poker and UB.com as two to watch.

Victory Poker's Sarah Underwood joined the co-anchors in studio. A highlights package of Underwood and Seebs sharing a hot and sweaty Bikram Yoga session was aired, before Huff asked the 2007 Playmate of the Year how prepared she is for live tournament play at the WSOP.  Underwood admitted to playing few live events, but said she is excited, practicing online every night, and up for the challenge in Vegas.  She then went "On the Clock", failing to break Trishelle Cannatella's stronghold on the segment trophy.

In other TV Poker news, Seebs and Huff checked in with 2009 Bluff Player of the Year Jason Mercier to talk about the new televised high stakes poker show, The Big Game. Mercier explains that "loose cannons", aka online qualifiers, are given $100K to play against five big name pros, and the freerollers get to keep any profit they finish with. "There's a whole different dynamic at the table," said Mercier.

Missed it the first time around? Watch episode 11 online at http://poker2nite.ultimatebet.com/episodes/season-2-episode-11/

Tune in next week when Maria Ho, "On the Clock" trophy winner Trishelle Cannatella, and more join Poker2Nite on Wednesday, May 19 at 11pm EDT at VERSUS.

Fans of the show outside of the U.S. can catch Poker2Nite on SportsNet in Canada and The Poker Channel in Europe. Viewers should consult their local listings for exact airtimes.

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About Poker2Nite

Hosted by poker radio superstars Joe Sebok and Scott Huff, Poker2Nite offers a fast-paced and exciting look at poker from a unique perspective. Sebok and Huff bring their passion for poker to every episode of the weekly poker TV series with interviews, analysis and commentary on the world of poker, covering everything from online poker superstars to land-based icons. Season 1 featured interviews with some of the biggest names in poker including Phil Hellmuth, Andy Bloch, Lon McEachern, Joe Cada, Annie Duke, Brandon Cantu, Doyle Brunson and more.

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