PokerStars Million Dollar Challenge returns

ps_news_thn.jpgThe PokerStars Million Dollar Challenge is back and ready to give contestants their shot at a million dollar win.

The first season of Million Dollar Challenge was the highest-rated poker show in U.S. history and averaged nearly four million viewers per episode. The first season closed out with retired NYPD officer and 9/11 first responder Mike Kosowski beating Team PokerStars Pro Daniel Negreanu for the $1 million grand prize.

Now, it's time to see if anyone can follow Kosowski's lead.

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Mike Kosowski

The new season--beginning this weekend on the FOX network right after the football games--features five celebrity defenders who will challenge various contestants in Round 1 competition. This season's celebrity defenders are Dancing with the Stars' Brooke Burke, Super Bowl champion, Denver Broncos quarterback and Hall of Famer John Elway, Detroit Lions star and Hall of Fame running back Barry Sanders, Playmate of the Year Sara Jean Underwood, and future NBA Hall of Fame guard Gary Payton.

Each week, contestants must beat one of the game's celebrity defenders for a chance to win an all-expenses paid trip to the Bahamas and the opportunity to advance to the second round to compete against a Team PokerStars Pro player. Negreanu will coach the contestant against the celebrity defenders in Round 1 and in Round 2 against the Team Pro.

Then, Round 2 winners have to make a choice: take home $25,000 or risk it to play Negreanu heads-up for $100,000.

Hosted by FOX's Chris Rose the seven-episode series will air September 19 and 26, October 10 and 24, November 7 and 21. The grand finale championship show, where one contestant will face Negreanu heads up for the chance at the $1,000,000 grand prize, will air on Sunday, December 12.

For more information on the show, visit the Million Dollar Challenge website or follow the facebook.com/PokerStarsFans.

Brad Willis
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