Poker Central set to open TV studio with MGM
A new broadcasting studio is being put together by Poker Central. It will be located at the MGM Resorts-owned Aria casino in Las Vegas, and will provide a venue for both poker games and esports competitions. The 10,000-square-foot space will be used to broadcast all Poker Central live events, including the upcoming Poker After Dark (PAD) series on May 16 and 17.
The studio has enough room for nine poker tables and up to 300 people. This includes space for as many as 100 spectators, and will also feature the main studio, various sound stages, a streaming lounge and a broken desk. Its layout was designed to allow for the hosting of a variety of events tied to poker and esports. It will be open to the public to a degree, with each event determining whether or not the public will be allowed to enter.
Following the inaugural PAD tournaments, a four-day $300,000 Super High Roller Bowl will be held at the studio beginning on May 27. The studio has been in the works for a while, as part of Poker Central's plan to create a digital-first poker network. JR McCage, chief digital officer for Poker Central, said of the venue, "While this studio makes the fulfillment of that goal, it also doubles as a promise to our loyal viewers – to continually expand our programming slate, offer even more tournaments at all levels and get fans even close to the mind sport they love.”