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Call The Floorman

New Game Show: Call the Floorman
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Poker-themed game shows seem to be the order of the day. Full Tilt has Face the Ace on NBC while hosted the Million Dollar Challenge on Fox, which ended up being the most watched poker program ever. It should be no surprise that other poker game shows will make their way into the rotation. One such show, called Call the Floorman, is in the works right now.

The show, created by Greg Nardo, is set to air in the L.A. area soon and nationally in a few months. Call the Floorman is hosted by pros Kenna James and Chad Brown, while (surprise, surprise) a beautiful woman, Tracy Kay, serves as co-host. At first glance, Call the Floorman appears to be another run-of-the-mill poker show, but as the creator explains, this is not the case. In a recent interview conducted by John Blowers of Poker Pro Magazine, Nardo answered a few questions regarding the program:

Poker Pro: My impression of Call the Floorman is it's part World Poker Tour, part The Price is Right, part Apprentice. Is that right?

Greg: To a certain extent, yes. I think of the show as more akin to Jeopardy . . . a thinking person's game show. Players succeed on the show based on their knowledge of the game of poker.

Poker Pro: What inspired to create the show?

Greg: I was a dealer for six years and now, for the past nine years, I've been a dealer coordinator at the Bike in L.A. I've seen a tremendous amount of variation in rulings from floorman to floorman and from casino to casino. One thing I hope to accomplish through the show is to establish a more generally accepted, universal code of conduct that players and officials can play by.

Poker Pro: What can viewers expect during a typical episode?

Greg: The show is played in three rounds. Round One is equivalent to the $100 question on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire. What color are the suits? Does a straight beat a flush? And so on. The second round focuses on facts and history of the game. Who is the last player to repeat as Main Event champion? How many bracelets does Doyle Brunson have? Then the third round deals with strategy. How would you play this hand?

Poker Pro: What can contestants win on the show?

Greg: In the final round, known as the All-In Round, players have an opportunity to win a seat at the Main Event. There are also chances to win smaller buy-ins at casinos featured on the show.

Poker Pro: How does someone become a contestant on the show?

Greg: Currently there are two ways. Those who play live can be nominated by a poker room. Online players can be nominated by their site. Nominees are then vetted by a panel via an interview process.

An interesting concept ought to make Call the Floorman a worthwhile show. Like all game shows, the questions and the contestants will make or break it. If you think you've got what it takes to be on the show or need more information, check out


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