Poker On The Stage
In a city fond of breaking new ground and introducing new concepts, Las Vegas will debut the first-ever live, interactive poker-themed stage show this autumn. The show, which will be hosted at the Venetian Showroom at the Venetian Resort-Hotel-Casino, is the brainchild of entertainment industry mogul Merv Adelson. Featuring some of the most recognised poker professionals in the world, The Real Deal! will introduce a new form of Vegas entertainment, establishing a completely original live show format that combines humour, high-tech wireless technology, and abundant prizes in fun, fast-paced action that will entertain poker enthusiasts and non-players alike.
“The Venetian sets the standard for entertainment in Las Vegas and we are excited to add The Real Deal! to our existing line-up of world-class shows," said Jason Gastwirth, vice president of entertainment for Las Vegas Sands Corp. "When looking for a new concept to add to our entertainment line-up, we searched for an entirely new experience that would promote audience participation while incorporating well-known personalities that shine beyond the bright lights of the Strip—we found that in The Real Deal!"
Staged in The Venetian Showroom as part of the resort’s line-up of entertainment offerings, The Real Deal! will empower the audience to participate both on-stage and from their seats through the use of wireless touch screen devices. A revolutionary multi-player platform with interactive content with work in conjunction with technology from TimePlay Entertainment, Inc. Playing both against and alongside the pros, audience members will earn points to vie for prizes ranging from The Real Deal! merchandise to impressive home electronics and more, including a chance to win a $1 million grand prize.
The Real Deal! roster of poker pros reads like a Who's Who of the sport and includes the legendary Doyle Brunson, Daniel Negreanu, Phil Hellmuth, Antonio Esfandiari, Gavin Smith, Eli Elezra, Jennifer Harman, Phil Laak, Scotty Nguyen, and Todd Brunson. The pros will participate in shows each month, taking on Vegas visitors of all poker skills and experience. Combined, the The Real Deal! professionals have won eight World Poker Tour Championships (WPT) and 35 World Series of Poker (WSOP) bracelets, amassing over $48 million in tournament prize money.
"Never before has poker been so integrated with entertainment," said Merv Adelson, the inspiration behind The Real Deal!. "The popularity of poker is unquestioned, as is the viability of live game show experiences in Las Vegas. The Real Deal! will keep guests laughing and give them the unique chance to get into the heads of the world's best pros as they share tips and strategy throughout the fast-paced game. We know it will quickly become a hot ticket."
The show’s elimination process will result in the chip-leading pro, the final surviving amateur, and the point leader from the play-along audience, on stage for a three-handed finale. "Poker fans have been able to view and enjoy professional poker action for years on television," said Doyle Brunson, The Real Deal!'s lead poker professional. "This is different. Everyone in the audience can be in the game and compete with the pros and other guests. It is a one-of-a-kind-poker experience."