The Poker Star

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The Poker Star
Genre Reality
Game show
Created by Joe Hachem
Presented by Joe Hachem
Country of origin Australia
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 8
Production
Running time 60 minutes
Broadcast
Original channel One
Picture format 576i (SDTV)
1080i (HDTV)
Audio format Stereo
Original run 26 September 2009 – 18 November 2009
External links
Website

The Poker Star is an Australian reality game show broadcast on One from 26 September 2009. It is created and hosted by former World Series of Poker Champion Joe Hachem, who will also act as judge and mentor to the contestants. New Zealand poker champion Lee Nelson will also appear as a judge.[1] The series is sponsored by PokerStars.

The show pits eleven amateur poker players against each other in a series of challenges that tests the principles of "Joe's Code", rules that Hachem believes are beneficial for success in life and for being a successful poker player. Players compete for $100,000 in cash and entry to four of the world's biggest poker tournaments, with Hachem continuing to join them as their personal mentor.[2][3]

Over 18,000 people applied for the first series.[2]

The 1st season saw 33 year old speech pathologist and mother of two Amanda become 'The Poker Star', beating out the other two members of the final three, Josh and Chris. Amanda stated during the final episode that the $100,000 prize money would go a long way to helping with the mortgage on the home she had recently purchased for herself and her two daughters.

Players[edit]

Candidate Age State Result
Amanda - speech pathologist 33 Victoria The Poker Star
Josh - lawyer 27 Victoria Eliminated in the Season Finale
Chris - student 26 Victoria
Ben - creative director 37 Victoria Eliminated in week 7
Donna - marketing executive 29 New South Wales Eliminated in week 6
Shane - sales consultant 26 New South Wales
Katie - homemaker 26 Victoria Eliminated in week 5
Ron - retired 60 Queensland Eliminated in week 4
Sally - bookmaker 23 New South Wales Eliminated in week 3
Martin - fireman 48 New South Wales Eliminated in week 2
Tom - bar owner 26 Victoria Eliminated in week 1

Weekly results[edit]

Elimination Chart
Candidate 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Winnings
Amanda 9th $1,500 2nd 7th* 3rd last 2nd* 2nd $1,500
Josh exempt* 8th 7th 4th $3,000 $5,000* $7,500* 5th** $15,500
Chris 7th 7th* last $2,500* last 3rd 3rd* $10,000 $12,500
Ben $1,000 3rd $2,000 5th 6th 2nd last* $3,000
Donna 4th 9th 8th* 2nd* 4th 4th -
Shane 3rd 5th 6th 6th* 2nd 5th -
Katie last 4th 5th last 5th* -
Ron 2nd last 3rd 3rd -
Sally 8th 2nd 4th -
Martin 6th 6th -
Tom 5th -
* The player(s) won the weekly challenge.
** Invited to play were professional poker players Eric Assoudourian (3rd), Celina Lin (4th) and Emad Tahtouh (last).
     The player became The Poker Star.
     The player was sent to the elimination room.
     The player was eliminated.

Weekly summary[edit]

Week 1: "Reading People"[edit]

  • Air date: 30 September 2009 (special advance screening: 26 September 2009)
  • Challenge: The contestants get to know each other and must decide who is the strongest player and who is the weakest player.
  • Challenge winner: Josh
  • Tournament winner: Ben ($1,000)
  • Eliminated: Tom

Week 2: "Focus"[edit]

  • Air date: 7 October 2009
  • Challenge: The contestants must maintain their focus in the shark tank at the Melbourne Aquarium.
  • Challenge winner: Chris
  • Tournament winner: Amanda ($1,500)
  • Eliminated: Martin

Week 3: "Bluffing"[edit]

  • Air date: 14 October 2009
  • Challenge: The contestants must bluff their way through a job interview with the "human lie detector".
  • Challenge winner: Donna
  • Tournament winner: Ben ($2,000)
  • Eliminated: Sally

Week 4: "Composure"[edit]

  • Air date: 21 October 2009
  • Challenge: The contestants must maintain their composure as they build a house of cards whilst listening to loud music.
  • Challenge winner: Red team (Amanda, Chris, Donna, Shane)
  • Tournament winner: Chris ($2,500)
  • Eliminated: Ron

Week 5: "Recall"[edit]

  • Air date: 28 October 2009
  • Challenge: The contestants must recall a series of events they witnessed which includes a car accident.
  • Challenge winner: Katie
  • Tournament winner: Josh ($3,000)
  • Eliminated: Katie

Week 6: "Endurance"[edit]

  • Air date: 4 November 2009
  • Challenge: The contestants are put in front of a screen with a blinking eye and must record every time the eye blinks.
  • Challenge winner: Josh
  • Tournament winner: Josh ($5,000)
  • Eliminated: Donna, Shane

Week 7: "Courage"[edit]

  • Air date: 11 November 2009
  • Challenge: The contestants get to live the high-life by walking across a thin plank of wood between two buildings, 16 floors above the ground.
  • Challenge winner: Amanda, Ben, Chris, Josh
  • Tournament winner: Josh ($7,500)
  • Eliminated: Ben

Week 8: "Charisma"[edit]

  • Air date: 18 November 2009
  • Challenge: The contestants are brought to a press conference where they have to answer questions on the spot from a team of reporters.
  • Challenge winner: No challenge winner
  • Tournament winner: Chris ($10,000)
  • Eliminated: Josh, Chris
  • The Poker Star: Amanda

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