Face the Ace

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Face the Ace
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Genre Reality television series
Presented by Steve Schirripa
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 7
Production
Running time 60 minutes (with commercials)
Production company(s) POKER PROductions
Broadcast
Original channel NBC
Original run August 1, 2009 (2009-08-01) – January 2, 2010 (2010-01-02)

Face the Ace is a poker-themed game show on the NBC television network first airing August 1, 2009.[1] The show is hosted by Steve Schirripa (The Sopranos) along with hostess/spokesmodel Megan Abrigo[2] and features the commentary of Ali Nejad, who also commentates for NBC’s Poker After Dark.[3] The show’s primary sponsor is Full Tilt Poker, which supplies the contestants and the professional poker players (“aces”) against whom they compete.[4]

Format[edit]

Contestants are poker players 21 or older who won a free qualifying tournament on Full Tilt Poker and were flown to Las Vegas for filming at Cin City Studios.[5]

In the show, the contestant chooses one of four doors, each with a poker professional behind it. Potential opponents include Phil Ivey, Howard Lederer, Chris Ferguson, Erick Lindgren, Erik Seidel, Allen Cunningham, John Juanda, Jennifer Harman, Phil Gordon, Andy Bloch, Mike Matusow, Gus Hansen, Huck Seed, Gavin Smith and Patrik Antonius. [4] The contestant then “faces the ace” in a heads up (one-on-one) Texas hold 'em poker match.[1][6] If the contestant defeats the pro, he can choose to either take US$40,000 and leave, or risk it all and play another pro for $200,000 in a second round. In the third and final round, the prize increases to $1,000,000.[1][6]

Reception[edit]

Face the Ace was the least-viewed program among the four major networks (Fox, CBS, ABC, and NBC) in the 9-10 pm timeslot when it premiered August 1, 2009.[7] The episode had 1.59 million viewers in its first 30 minutes on the air, but this number dropped to 1.54 million in the next 30 minutes, making it the only show in its timeslot to see a drop in viewership in its second half of airing. The show competed against America's Most Wanted on Fox, the movie “Red Eye” on ABC, and Numb3rs on CBS.[8]

Several of NBC's largest affiliates, including Post-Newsweek's KPRC in Houston and WDIV of Detroit, along with Milwaukee's WTMJ and several smaller affiliates pre-empted the two primetime episodes with either local programming, a sponsored program from St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, or infomercials, likely due to concerns about gambling-related television in primetime or anticipated subpar ratings.[9] The Post-Newsweek stations have declined to air all of NBC's poker-related programming, including Poker After Dark due to corporate policies.

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