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Rush Street To Debut New Twist On Poker Night In America

Written By J.R. Duren | Updated:
Las Vegas poker event and residency starts in May

Fans of Rush Street Interactive‘s Poker Night In America (PNIA) have seen their fair share of action over the past nine seasons.

That action will reach new heights this next week when PNIA kicks off  Studio 52, a poker residency that will be filmed in a 10,000-square-foot Las Vegas mansion.

The show will provide “innovative gaming content” and feature a long list of celebrities. PNIA Founder Todd Anderson said in a statement:

“You never know who’s going to show up at Studio 52 but you’re sure to see some recognizable faces in a whole new light. We’re breaking the mold for TV poker and doing things we couldn’t do in a casino setting. We are rolling out the red carpet at our Vegas mansion for these stars to give players and fans at home the feeling that they too are attending the exclusive parties.”

PNIA’s Studio 52, sponsored by BetRivers, will air its first episode on May 15 on YouTube and Twitch.

Show will bring together poker legends, announcers, and hospitality stars

Rush Street noted that Studio 52 will house stars from multiple industries including:

  • Famed World Series of Poker announcer Lon McEachern
  • YouTube poker star Joey Ingram
  • Aceholes podcasters Nikki Limo and Caitlin Comeskey
  • Poker great Phil Galfond
  • Poker coach Lexy Gavin-Mathers
  • DJ Chef, a past champion on Food Network’s Cutthroat Kitchen
  • A “who’s who” of guest poker players

Richard Schwartz, CEO at Rush Street, called Studio 52’s mansion the “ultimate hangout” for Las Vegas poker players:  “Poker Night in America’s new Vegas home, like BetRivers, is the ultimate hangout for players who enjoy the rush of betting and having fun.

These poker purists and poker enthusiasts are also passionate about online casino and sportsbook betting, so this is another step in our strategy of creating high-quality and unique experiences for our current and prospective players.”

According to Rush Street, the mansion will provide high-end amenities such as:

  • A luxury commentary suite
  • A backyard wine cave
  • An outdoor pavilion

Rush Street riding high in wake of stellar Q1 earnings report

Earlier this month, Rush Street held its Q1 earnings call. The results were excellent. The company:

  • Revenue jumped nearly 20% and net loss fell by nearly 50%
  • EBITDA dropped nearly 80%
  • Cut $27 million in marketing expenses
  • Beat its estimated earnings per share

Schwartz said during the call that the company is on track for profitability in the second half of the year. “We are staying disciplined in our approach and successfully balancing growth and profitability over the long run,” Schwartz said in a Rush Street Interactive press release.

“Our results continue to show the approach is working well and we remain confident that our focused strategy will reward our shareholders over the long term.”

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J.R. Duren has covered the gambling beats for more than a dozen states for Catena Media since 2015. His past reporting experience includes two years at the Villages Daily Sun, and he is a first-place winner at the Florida Press Club Excellence in Journalism Contest.

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