Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Poker fantasy Becomes Reality Television Series - Fatty's Ten as They set out to Conquer the World Series of Poker

Fatty's:Where Poker Gets REAL is a new reality television series currently in development. The show follows the "Fatty's Ten" adventures both on and off the felt at their New York poker club, and their quest to compete in the World Series of Poker Main Event.

Las Vegas (PRWEB) July 6, 2010 -- Fatty’s Poker Club in New York will be sending ten of its own to the 2010 World Series of Poker Main Event starting July 5th at the Rio in Las Vegas. The group known in the poker world as the Fatty’s Ten consists of five contest winners, as well as the creators of and featured characters from the new poker reality television show Fatty’s: Where Poker gets REAL, which is in production and currently being pitched to major network studios. Fatty’s Club owner and show co-creator Mike “The Nose” Castaldo along with co-creator Al Riccobono state “The players at Fatty’s are larger than life. They represent a range of personalities that all share a passion for poker and the desire to compete on poker’s biggest stage, the WSOP Main Event.” Al, a poker pro who has already cashed twice at the Main Event says “The oversized crew of Fatty’s will make a big splash at this year’s event.”

Fatt'ys:Where Poker gets REAL
Fatt'ys:Where Poker gets REAL

The Fatty’s Docu-Reality show is represented by the law firm Abrams Fensterman. Earlier this year, one of the firm’s partners and club regular Scott “Scotte Mayhem” Einiger approached Mike and Al about filming this project and developing the show.

Fantasy is quickly becoming reality as the project and its characters begin to take on a life of its own. They recently engaged Poker Players International (PPI), the poker player representation agency and marketing company in order to introduce Fatty’s to the general public in addition to the entertainment and poker communities. Eric Siegel, Director of Marketing and Player Development at PPI admits “The Fatty’s Ten and the concept of the show, which is to follow the life on and off the felt of aspiring poker pros and amateurs alike on their quest for the coveted title of Main Event champion is something that goes on in every big city and small town. What attracted us to this project was the passion this eclectic group of players has for poker, along with the desire and dedication the shows creators have to share these experiences with the world.” Both Eugene Castro and Randy Kasper, founders of PPI add, “The Fatty’s show represents the largest demographic of poker players in the world, its every amateur poker players dream to compete at the WSOP Main Event. The show will allow viewers and inside look at the journey of the players from the local club to pokers biggest stage.”

Recently the shows executive producer Gene Fisch Jr. announced several exciting signings and partnerships for the new project. First the signing of Lacey Jones, as host of the show. Lacey is an international model and popular television personality. She has hosted the Canadian Poker Tour and was the host at the 2009 WSOP final table. She is a well respected poker player among all the top pros and will be the link between the celebrity, pro and amateur poker worlds for the show. She will be joining the Fatty's Ten playing in this years WSOP Main Event as a member of their group

The Fatty’s Ten have also proven that they share the sentiments of most poker players in understanding the meaning of “giving back”. The shows creators and other team members have taken the Nephcure “All in For a Cure “poker pledge. The program initiated by Poker Players International promotes poker players to donate a percentage of their tournament winnings to the organization. The Fatty’s Ten join poker pros such as Jennifer Harmon and Dan Shak and many other poker pros by taking the pledge. They will be wearing the Nephcure/PPI patches on their official uniforms provided by Scottevest to help raise awareness for this cause. Nephcure, which funds research into the debilitating kidney diseases Nephrotic Syndrome and FSGS, one of the leading causes of kidney failure in children is pleased to be represented by the Fatty’s Ten at this years WSOP.

Season 1 of Fatty’s: Where Poker gets REAL is currently in production. For more information on the show as well as an opportunity to play along via the Fatty’s Poker Challenge, visit www.fattyspoker.com.

About Fatty’s: Where Poker Gets REAL
Docu-reality show Fatty’s: Where Poker gets REAL follows New York poker club owner Mike “The Nose” Castaldo, professional poker players and a cast of regular local Joes who will interact with pros and celebrities throughout the year, both on and away from the tables. Celebrity fans of the Fatty’s club include poker star, international model and television host Lacey Jones, a close personal friend of club owner Mike “The Nose.” Go “all in” with them as they prepare each night for celebrity-filled cash games and compete for seats at the World Series of Poker and other major events throughout the year, all the while, trying to balance their everyday lives with their passion for poker. With five tables going and a room full of egos, the game itself is only half the drama. Viewers can also play right alongside the Fatty’s crew online at the Fantasy Game launching this summer at www.fattyspoker.com, for the chance to win a seat at one of the tables inside the club and other great prizes. Join the Fatty’s crew and play along, as we watch them rise from the ranks of amateur players to the pros, competing against each other and themselves to live out their dreams of making it to the World Series of Poker. Viewers will be able to participate in the World Series of Poker fantasy poker game hosted by fantazzle.com.

Media Contact:
Poker Players International
Gene Fisch
(917) 386-6859

Eric Siegel
Director of Marketing and Player Development
(516) 351-9108

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