Las Vegas, NV – October 15, 2018 Poker Central® today unveiled a new short-form original series showcasing the cast of characters that populate the annual World Series of Poker. Featuring poker celebrity Antonio Esfandiari and the online poker legend Chris Moorman, Beyond the Rail highlights the individuals involved in producing, broadcasting, and participating in the 2018 World Series of Poker. Produced in cooperation with Primal NY, the series shows fans the full scope of the tournament that brings thousands of hopefuls  – including poker enthusiast celebrities – to Las Vegas every year. Each episode highlights a specific behind-the-scenes personality, with the final episode culminating with the prestigious WSOP Main Event final table.

The first episode of Beyond the Rail featuring Antonio Esfandiari is available on Poker Central’s YouTube channel today, with the seven remaining episodes to stream exclusively on PokerGO through the rest of the week.

“The 2018 World Series of Poker is behind us, but the entertainment continues as fans get more access to the tournament than ever before,” said Sam Simmons, VP of content for Poker Central. “Beyond the Rail shows poker enthusiasts the intricate work of poker producers, the day-to-day humanity of the players themselves, and the sheer heart that everyone involved puts into making WSOP an annual success.”

The series subjects include:

  • Mori Eskandani – 2018 Poker Hall of Fame inductee and Co-Executive Producer at the WSOP
  • Dan Gati – Co-Executive Producer at the WSOP
  • Antonio Esfandiari – Professional poker player and ESPN commentator
  • Chris Moorman – Professional poker player and winningest online poker player of all time
  • Drea Renee – Poker Central host and massage therapist
  • All American Dave – Food truck operator and fitness trainer
  • Drew Amato – Lead photographer

“The team at PokerGO has provided incredible access and support for this project, which enabled us to do unprecedented things with Beyond The Rail,” said Robert Conticelli, Executive Producer and President of Primal NY.  “It’s the closest you’ll get to actually living the World Series of Poker. Primal NY’s style of filming was paramount to showcasing the atmosphere of this amazing event, giving viewers a sense of the real people on the ground at the WSOP who make it happen.”

About Poker Central®

Poker Central is the ultimate destination for fans of poker tournaments, cash games, and lifestyle away from the tables. Poker Central delivers poker’s most premier live events around the world via PokerGO, its direct-to-consumer OTT subscription service, as well as through network television distribution. PokerGO delivers over 100 days of live poker on an annual basis alongside a video-on-demand library that features original series and classic poker programming. Streaming and televised tournaments include its owned tournaments, such as Super High Roller Bowl, Poker Masters, and U.S. Poker Open, along with The World Series of Poker, ARIA High Roller Series, and WPT final tables, among others. For more information, visit www.pokercentral.com and www.pokergo.com.

About Primal NY 

Primal NY is a full-service production studio specializing in brand discovery, digital strategy, content creation and distribution. Primal positions clients in ideal Digital, TV and Film scenarios. Based in New York City, the award-winning team of diverse filmmakers has experience across many industries including fashion, sport, music, hospitality, and motion pictures.  Primal seeks relationships where opportunities exist to develop original content that enhances client brand identity by finding unique ways to tell their stories. For more information, visit primal-ny.com.

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