ESPN will feature a little more poker coverage than just the $40,000 No-Limit Holdem, Ante Up for Africa and the 2009 World Series of Poker Main Event this year. ESPN confirmed on July 29th, 2009 that they will be showing a brand new online-only poker show called the ESPN Inside Deal.
The show, which is presented by PokerStars.net, will start on August 4th, 2009 on ESPN.com. It will give poker enthusiasts a behind the scenes peek at poker lifestyle. Inside Deal will be hosted by ESPN.com columnist Bernard Lee and ESPN.com poker editor Andrew Feldman. The 3 month series will conclude with the completion of the 2009 WSOP Main Event final table and along the way they will interview and analyze each member of the "November 9" final table.
Poker enthusiasts will also get the opportunity to watch never-before-seen card hands and special features from the World Series of Poker broadcasts. Throughout the entire series fans will have the chance to submit their questions to their favorite poker players through email, Facebook and Twitter. Poker fans will also be given the privilege to participate in a sweepstakes draw where one lucky winner will experience the November 9 final table in a good way.
2003 WSOP Main Event champion Chris Moneymaker will be the first guest for the show. One of the most respected figures in the circuit. Moneymaker parlayed a $39 satellite win on PokerStars into a $10,000 Main Event slot and eventually the $2.5 million 1st place prize money.
Many pundits believe that Moneymaker was responsible for the growth of the game and this has since been named "the Moneymaker effect". Other featured poker players for Inside Deal will include Daniel Negreanu and Joseph Hachem.