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Face the Ace
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Genre Reality television series
Presented by Steve Schirripa
Country of origin United States
Language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 7
Running time 60 minutes (with commercials)
Production company(s) POKER PROductions
Original channel NBC

Face the Ace is a poker-themed game show on the NBC television network. The show is hosted by Steve Schirripa, a regular cast member on the HBO television series The Sopranos.[1]



The series' first episode aired on August 1, 2009. It is NBC's first primetime poker television series. The show is hosted by Steve Schirripa, with Ali Nejad as MC (he also commentates for another NBC poker show, Poker After Dark).[1][2]


To qualify for the show, players must win a free qualifying tournament on Full Tilt Poker. Contestants must be 21 years of age or older due to United States gambling laws. After winning, winners are flown to Las Vegas. In the show, contestants compete against up to three professional poker players in heads up, or one-on-one, poker matches, in which Texas hold 'em is played.[1][3] First, they must choose one of four doors, each with a professional poker player behind it, to determine whom they will be playing against. If the contestant defeats the pro, they 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 round, the prize money increases to $1,000,000, which is the final round.[1][3]


Face the Ace was the least-viewed show in its timeslot on 9:00 pm to 10:00 pm on August 1, 2009 among the four largest television networks (Fox, CBS, ABC, and NBC). The episode had 1.59 million viewers in its first 30 minutes on the air, but this dropped to 1.54 million viewers in the next 30 minutes of the show, 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, a movie on ABC, and Numb3rs on CBS.[4]

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 either concerns about gambling-related television in primetime or the stations anticipating subpar ratings in advance.[5]


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