Hellmuth Joins 24/7 Poker Channel
Meanwhile, Phil Hellmuth has been announced as the latest pro to partner with 24/7 poker TV channel Poker Central.
2015 WSOP Underway - Brandon Barnette Wins Employees Event
The 2015 World Series of Poker is currently underway at the Rio All-Suites Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, NV.
Through Thursday four events have kicked off and one bracelet has been awarded.
Brandon Barnette took down Event #1, the $565 Casino Employees Event, on Thursday night to earn the first bracelet of 2015 and $75,704.
Barnette started heads-up play against Greg Seiden with close to a 3:1 chip lead but squandered that lead after a bluff went south.
After his failed bluff, Barnette was left with just four big blinds but found a way to make the comeback and ultimately take the title.
Barnette is a poker supervisor for Pechanga Resort in Temecula, CA. This is his first live tournament cash.
Other events presently running are the $1,500 Omaha Hi-Lo, the $3,000 NL Hold'em Shootout and the $5,000 NL Hold'em. Greg Merson is third in chips with 20 remaining in the $5k NL.
Friday is the first day of the $565 Colossus Event. WSOP officials expect the colossus to set the all-time record for attendance in a single live tournament.
Heading into Friday, reports put the current number registered for the Colossus at 14,000.
Phil Hellmuth Joins Poker Central Team
Poker Central continues to add to its impressive list of big name pro partners. On Thursday the soon to launch 24-hour TV poker network announced that 13-time WSOP bracelet winner Phil Hellmuth was joining the team.
"Phil is an exciting addition to our Poker Central team," commented Clint Stinchcomb, chief executive officer of Poker Central. "No poker endeavor would be complete without him."
Hellmuth was thrilled to join the team, stating, "I'm glad to play an integral role in creating Poker Central. It's exciting to create a poker TV network that will launch worldwide from Day One."
Another key piece of news revealed in the press release is that Poker Central is scheduled to start airing on October 1, 2015. This is the first time the network has put an official launch date on the network.
Poker Central plans to air both syndicated and original poker programming ranging from televised poker events to news, biographies and strategy programming.