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GSN plans a super duper, poker-filled Father's Day

by Bob Sassone, posted Jun 12th 2008 11:41AM

World Poker TourFather's Day has always been a weird holiday for me. I never knew my father, as he died when I was only a year old in the '60s, so to me Father's Day has never been anything more than just another day to me. I sometimes wonder how I would be if I had known my father growing up.

(Wait, did I just get serious there for a moment? Quick, say something snarky! Moment of Truth sucks! OK, back to the post.)

This Sunday, June 15, GSN will celebrate Father's Day with a poker-filled marathon. Actually, the celebrating starts tomorrow, Friday, at noon. World Poker Tour host Vince Van Patten will join his father Dick on an episode of GSN Live, which will be followed by episodes of game shows that the elder Van Patten appeared in. Then on Sunday at 3pm, the network will have a six hour marathon of classic World Poker Tour matches, followed by the two hour premiere of the 5th Annual Poker Stars Caribbean Adventure tournament, hosted by A.J. Benza and Daniel Negreanu.

Not into poker? Head on over to GSN's web site where you can participate in a special Scrabble tournament they have going on. You can also vote for your favorite TV dad in the tournament. At first I thought the press release said that you'd be able to play with your favorite TV dad, and for a second there I got excited that I might actually be able to play Scrabble with Hugh Beaumont.

Maybe if enough people watch this marathon it might mean this news isn't true. I think poker did get overexposed on TV a couple of years ago, though I do still enjoy watching it.

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