As mentioned here last month, NBC has a new reality show where nobodies can take on poker royalty for a shot at a million bucks. The show, Face The Ace, premiered last night, and so far the score is: nobodies 3 – poker pros 0.

The show features some of the biggest names in the poker world. And last night, Phil Ivey, Erick Lindgren and Howard Lederer all got their butts handed to them by a pair of amateurs you’ve never heard of. A player named Jonathan Nygaard beat Phil Ivey and got to walk home with $40,000 for his troubles. But the big story of the night was that a guy who lives in his mom’s basement took on both Erick Lindgren, and Howard Lederer, and beat them both. And not only that, on next week’s episode, airing on Saturday the 8th, Don Topel will again leave the basement to take on yet another pro for a million dollars in cash.

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