Big poker news is usually about what’s going on in the world of poker; rarely is it about what’s not going on. But in this case, it is. What’s not going on in today’s big poker news story is the G4 television series, “2 Months, $2 Million”. After one mediocre season of the poker reality series, the show has not be renewed for a second season.
The series “2 Months, $2 Million” ran from August to October of 2009 and featured Emil Patel, Brian Roberts, Jay “Krantz” Rosenkrantz, and Dani Stern attempting to live together as they collectively earned $2 million by playing poker in a 2-month period of time.
The show should have gone over big—at least in theory. No one can factor in execution but the idea worked. Get a high-stakes condensed peek into a high-stakes lifestyle that appeals to G4’s exact demographic: 18-34 year-old men.
Part of the show’s failure was due to its time slots and competing programs, but part of the problem was in the players failure to deliver on the promise of the show. How short were the 2m2m boys of their goal? How about $1,324,000 short!
They started off nicely, notching up a $200,000 profit in the first 2 weeks of poker action, they suddenly slipped into a down streak that fast became a downward spiral they couldn’t ever climb out of. By the time a turnaround occurred, in week 8, the crew had only earned an addition $351,000, making their season (and now series) finale total a meager $676,000.