Phil Hellmuth Takes Home $200K as the First Ever Poker Night in America ‘King of the Hill’ Winner

Poker contest taped at Rivers Casino & Resort featured biggest names in poker; The poker action continues at Rivers with Poker Night in America cash games and the Capital Region Classic $100K Guaranteed No Limit Texas Hold’em Poker Tournament

SCHENECTADY, NY – In a dramatic comeback last night, “Poker Brat” Phil Hellmuth overcame a more than $194,000 deficit to defeat Daniel “Jungleman” Cates and bring home the first-ever Poker Night in America “King of the Hill” belt and $200,000 in winnings.

Hellmuth, who was down to just $5,800 in chips at one point, roared back to stun a live audience and poker players watching across the globe via live stream. The two days of heads-up, no limit Texas Hold’em action also included poker greats Doug Polk and Frank Kassela, and was filmed in Van Slyck’s entertainment lounge at Rivers Casino & Resort Schenectady, on August 22 and 23.

Each player put up $50,000 of his own money for the King of the Hill, bracket-style competition, which was also live streamed to the world at www.twitch.tv/PokerNightTV.

Poker fans were able to meet and greet with the players before and after the games, and Phil Hellmuth held a book signing for his new book, “Poker Brat,” from the Rivers Casino Poker Room.

“We’ve had great crowds over the past few days, eager to meet the players and watch the action. Rivers has been the place to be for poker players and fans, and that’s going to continue to be true as we kick off our Capital Region Classic tournament,” said Rivers Casino & Resort General Manager Mary Cheeks.

All four world-class players remain at Rivers for the filming of Poker Night in America flagship $25/$50 No-Limit Cash Game at Van Slyck’s entertainment lounge on August 24 and 25. Local players will be competing with some of the biggest pros in the game on a live streamed and televised table.

Founded in 2013, Rush Street Productions brought America’s true pastime, Texas Hold’em Poker, to television screens nationwide on CBS Sports Network with its hit series Poker Night in America. Currently in its fifth season, and with more than 150 episodes produced, Poker Night in America continues to showcase amazing cash game poker each week played by the game’s best players and celebrities.

The Capital Region Classic $100K Guaranteed No Limit Texas Hold’em tournament will be held over two “Days” of No Limit Texas Hold’em action, with multiple Day One flights being held from August 23 (Wednesday) through August 26 (Saturday). Players can carry their tournament chips over to Day Two (Sunday, August 27) where they’ll have a chance to make it all the way to the final table and vie for a piece of the guaranteed $100,000 prize and the title of Capital Region Classic champion.

Day One buy-ins cost $260 for 25,000 in tournament chips with unlimited re-entries. Players wishing to bypass earlier flights and join the action at Day Two can buy-in for $1,100 for 100,000 in tournament chips. The prize pool will be at least $100,000 – if participation exceeds that figure, the pool will grow accordingly.

Players coming from out of town for the tournament will receive a 25 percent discount on a stay at The Landing Hotel, a newly opened, upscale boutique hotel immediately adjacent to the casino.

For those who want to play with the pros online, there is now a Poker Night in America app based on the hit TV show. Social poker players can enjoy the same poker action they watch on Poker Night as played by the game’s best players and celebrities. The app features amazing prizes, including playing in live streamed poker games and a VIP grand prize package that guarantees players $5,000 in playing cash to play on Poker Night so they too can live like a poker star!

To learn more about Rivers Casino & Resort, including daily poker room promotions and tournaments, visit www.riverscasinoandresort.com.

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About Rivers Casino & Resort – Rivers Casino & Resort Schenectady features a 50,000-square-foot gaming floor with 1,150 slot machines, 67 gaming tables and 16 poker tables. The floor is attached to a 10,000-square-foot Event Center capable of hosting more than 900 people for conventions and special events, one of the largest spaces in the region. Also on the property are five restaurants, Splash Spa and the 165-room The Landing Hotel. For more information on Rivers Casino & Resort, visit www.riverscasinoandresort.com.

About Poker Night in America – Founded in 2013, Rush Street Productions brought America’s true pastime, Texas Hold’em Poker, to television screens nationwide on CBS Sports Network with its hit series Poker Night in America.  Currently in its fifth season, and with more than 150 episodes produced, Poker Night in America continues to showcase amazing cash game poker each week played by the game’s best players and celebrities. It also pioneers in the emerging market of live poker streaming.  For more information, visit pokernight.com, or follow Poker Night on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Youtube, and Twitch.