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[11/23/04 - 12:00 AM]
Comedian Kevin Nealon Set to Host Poker Royale: The Wppa Championship on Gsn

[via press release from GSN]

Comedian Kevin Nealon Set to Host POKER ROYALE: THE WPPA CHAMPIONSHIP on GSN

SANTA MONICA, Calif., Nov. 23 -- Kevin Nealon, most recognized for the characters he created and played as the longest running cast member in history on "Saturday Night Live," has signed on to host GSN's new original six-episode series, POKER ROYALE: THE WPPA CHAMPIONSHIP, premiering on Tuesday, December 7 at 9:00PM ET/PT.

Nealon will lend his humor and wit to the series by commentating on the amateur and professional poker player's hands as they ante up for their chance to win the tournament, and a chance to split $10 million dollars with a GSN viewer in the $10 Million Poker Sweepstakes.

Filmed at the Orleans Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, POKER ROYALE: THE WPPA CHAMPIONSHIP will allow poker fans across the country to enjoy the action of No Limit Texas Hold'em with buy-ins and blinds (a bet put in play before any cards are dealt) designed to emphasize skill over luck. Players include Carlos Mortensen, Kathy Liebert and Paul Wolfe.

Currently, Nealon's voice can be heard as OCD Ken on Comedy Central's "Crank Yankers." His other television credits include "The Larry Sanders Show," "Dharma and Greg" and "Third Rock from the Sun." Nealon has also starred in over two dozen films including "Happy Gilmore," "The Wedding Singer," "Anger Management" and "8 Crazy Nights."

GSN, the Network for Games, is the only U.S. television network dedicated to game-related programming and interactive game playing. The network features game shows, reality series, documentaries and casino games. GSN is the industry leader in interactivity and as such allows viewers a chance to win prizes by playing along with GSN's televised games via GSN.com. Reaching 57 million Nielsen homes, GSN is distributed in the U.S. through all major cable systems and satellite providers. The network is jointly owned by Sony Pictures Entertainment and Liberty Media Corporation. For further media information, visit GSN's press website at corp.gsn.com.

World Poker Players Association (WPPA) is the only player's organization representing poker players worldwide. Founded in March 2004, the WPPA represents all levels of players from beginners to professionals and as of this month boasts 300 members worldwide. For further information on the WPPA or to join, log onto wppa.info.

Opened in 1996, The Orleans Hotel and Casino is a Mardi-Gras themed resort just west of the Las Vegas Strip. Operated by Coast Casinos, Inc., a subsidiary of Boyd Gaming, The Orleans features 1,886 oversized guest rooms including 58 suites, a full-service 142,000 square-foot casino, and 40,000 square feet of meeting/convention space. Entertainment opportunities at The Orleans include the new 9,000-seat Orleans Arena, home of the Las Vegas Wranglers, a 70-lane bowling center, an 18-screen movie theater, a showroom, a spa/fitness center and a variety of restaurants. The Orleans is located at 4500 West Tropicana Avenue. For more information on The Orleans, or any of its sister properties, Barbary Coast, Gold Coast, and Suncoast, visit http://www.coastcasinos.com.

SOURCE GSN
Web Site: http://corp.gsn.com





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