Nov 7, 2016, 15:03 PM
Nov 7, 2016, 00:00 AM



Local Poker Players Compete in Advance of ‘Poker Night in America’ Recording

PITTSBURGH Nov. 7, 2016 — The Pittsburgh Poker Open is back this November at Rivers Casino. Local players will have a chance to win against some of the top talent across the national poker circuit. Tournament play launches Nov. 9 with several weeks of competition leading up to the main event on Nov. 19 and 20. “The Final Table” – a nationally televised cable and web series on the CBS Sports Network – will record the final table at Pittsburgh’s premier poker event on Monday, Nov. 21.

The first-place prize of the main event is expected to exceed $150,000. Satellite tournaments will take place in the Rivers Casino poker room throughout the month as a prelude to the main event.

 ‘Poker Night in America’ Returns to Rivers

Broadcast nationally on the CBS Sports Network, “Poker Night in America” returns to Rivers Casino Nov. 19–20. The series brings together the game’s most recognizable faces for high-stakes cash games.

“Poker Night in America” has filmed episodes at casinos across the country, and this is the show’s fourth stop in Pittsburgh. Poker Night spotlights the game and its players — often introducing audiences to surprising insights about some of their beloved poker personalities.

Open to spectators, each day will feature two sessions of play from 12–4 p.m. and 5–9 p.m.

Poker celebrities expected to attend include:

  • Todd Brunson – Known as the “Darkhorse,” Brunson was recently inducted into the Poker Hall of Fame, is a World Series of Poker bracelet winner and the son of famous poker player Doyle Brunson.
  • Shaun Deeb – Now with two gold bracelets, Deeb is one of the top young talents playing today.
  • Eli Elezra – Elezra is a main-stay on the poker circuit and won his first gold bracelet in 2007.
  • Jack Schanbacher – Hometown hero Schanbacher has cashed in 11 World Series of Poker events and 43 total events worldwide.
  • Dan Wolf – A Pennsylvania native and fresh face on the poker scene, Wolf played his first World Series of Poker events this year, cashing out in two tournaments.
  • Brandon Cantu – Cantu has more than 100 career cashes and 11 titles as a professional player.
  • Matt Brady – Brady hales from the Philadelphia region and has more than $2.7 million in poker earnings.
  • Kyle Bowker – To date, Bowker has won more than $4 million in online and in-person earnings.

“The Pittsburgh Poker Open is a chance to see the best of the best in Pittsburgh competing, and ‘Poker Night in America’ puts our tournament play in the national spotlight,” said Craig Clark, general manager of Rivers Casino. “Best of luck to all the participants this fall.”

For the complete Pittsburgh Poker Open schedule, visit To learn more about “Poker Night in America,” go to


Opened in 2009, Rivers Casino has been voted a “Best Place to Work” in the Pittsburgh Business Times, a “Top Workplace” in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, "Best Overall Gaming Resort" in Pennsylvania by Casino Player magazine and "Best Overall Casino" in Pennsylvania by Strictly Slots magazine. The casino features more than 2,900 slots, 83 table games, a 30-table poker room, nine distinctive restaurants and bars, a riverside amphitheater, a multipurpose event space, live music performances, free parking and multiple promotions and giveaways daily. Already, more than $631 million in jackpots have been awarded to players at Rivers Casino. For more information, visit

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