G4 Won’t Renew Online Poker Show 2 Months, $2 Million



Cable station G4 has elected not to renew the online poker reality series “2 Months, $2 Million,” according to show personality Jay “Krantz” Rosenkrantz. The future of the franchise is now up in the air.

Rosenkrantz recently learned of G4’s decision not to renew the show, which ran for 10 half-hour episodes beginning last August. “2 Months, $2 Million” featured four online poker players – Dani Stern, Emil Patel, Brian Roberts, and Rosenkrantz – trying to earn $2 million collectively over a two-month period. Ultimately, the quartet banked $676,000 during the 10 episodes, falling well short of the goal. However, the program appeared to be well received by the poker community, whose members could relate to the trials and tribulations that the “2 Months, $2 Million” cast experienced.

Rosenkrantz told Poker News Daily that the cast members are currently weighing their alternatives: “We’re exploring our options. I learned a lot doing ‘2 Months, $2 Million,’ not the least of which was what people really liked about it and what didn’t work. Hopefully, we’ll get a chance to let that experience work for us.” Rosenkrantz and company rented a posh house in Las Vegas for the duration of the series, whose finale aired in mid-October.

G4 Vice President of Development, Laura Civiello, explained to Poker News Daily in a previous interview why “2 Months, $2 Million” was a perfect fit for the network: “There was something there that represented a lifestyle our audience is fascinated with. Every young guy wishes they could have this lifestyle, so it was very appealing to men ages 18 to 34, which is the majority of our demographic.” G4 does not currently air any gambling-related programming, instead opting for original series like “Attack of the Show” and “X-Play.”

The four “2 Months, $2 Million” cast members earned $35,000 in the first week before climbing to nearly $200,000 by the end of Week 2. In Week 3, the wheels fell off the proverbial bus, as the team suffered an $84,000 setback and were up just $114,000 overall. Rosenkrantz then battled poker pro David Benyamine in an epic heads-up match, dropping $60,000 to the World Series of Poker (WSOP) bracelet winner.

After four weeks in a Sunday nighttime slot, G4 shipped “2 Months, $2 Million” to Wednesdays. On Sundays, the program squared off against stiff competition that included HBO’s “True Blood” and “Entourage” as well as NFL football. On Wednesdays, its opposition appeared to be much softer.

After five episodes, the cast was up only $35,000 before rebounding by offering a boot camp at their Las Vegas house. Prodigies that turned out for the boot camp included Harry “UgotaBanana” Kaczka, Dave “NLsoldier” Schnettler, Wladimir “insyder19” Taschner, and Ben “pokiethepanda” Middleton.

A DeucesCracked fundraiser benefiting the Lili Claire Foundation took center stage on the September 30th installment of “2 Months, $2 Million.” After seven episodes, the team needed to average a colossal $625,000 in profit for each of the final three weeks in order to reach its $2 million goal. They promptly raked in $371,000 after Rosenkrantz battled David “Viffer” Peat online. Rosenkrantz exploited a betting tell to move from a $248,000 initial loss against Peat to a win of $351,000 on the week.

Perhaps the most memorable episode was a high-stakes home game featuring Peat, Team PokerStars Pro member Bertrand “Elky” Grospellier, David Williams, Andrew “luckychewy” Lichtenberger, and Victory Poker’s Andrew “good2cu” Robl. The team profited $108,000 on the week to move to $615,000 overall. Entering the final week of the show, the “2 Months, $2 Million” cast adjusted their goal down to $1 million, which would have still been quite a feat.

In the season finale, the foursome ended up $676,000 over the ten-week show. Calls and e-mails placed to G4 for comment were not returned as of press time.

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11 Comments

Bruce

Thank god i hated that show online gambling 2 months 2 million ugh! for that just put a bunch of strippers in one house. trust me i bet the strippers would raise 2 million dollars in 2 months. thank you g4 for not renewing the show.


Moon Noggin

Wouldnt’ it be interesting if the writer of this article let us KNOW “WHAT PEOPLE REALLY LIKED ABOUT IT AND WHAT DIDN’T WORK”!!!!!

and just WHAT THAT “SOMETHING THERE WAS “that represented a lifestyle our audience is fascinated with”!!!! if it’s so facinating why cant you just share it with your reader?? Unbelievable .. feed us the info if you’re going to claim to be a top news destributor for poker!!

PLEASE ~ tboz


Pete

Well done, this show was so pointless. 4 guys nobody has ever heard about losing/winning money playing poker online, wow, great concept. Nothing better during an economic recession than watching 4 spoiled kids losing 100s of thousands of dollars in 10min, and go destroy food afterwards.


James

this is BS. that show was the only reason I watched G4.


Conan776

Thanks for the information. I’ll be canceling my subscription to the G4 network. 2M2MM wasn’t the greatest show ever made by far, but compared to the other drivel on the network, this was the only standout.


oneliner

No reason to have G4 anymore now. 2M2MM was the only show I would ever consider watching on G4 and one I actually looked forward to each week.


Adam

Boo! 2M2MM was ace, I was waiting on the edge of my seat for each episode. Hope another network takes it up.


Cody

Agree, no reason to subscribe to G4 anymore. I loved this show, was very entertaining, made me feel better about my own losses when I have a bad run.

@Pete How could you possibly call these “kids” spoiled? They’re ALL self made playing poker. Big comparison but its along the same line as calling Mark Zuckerberg or any other self made millionaire spoiled.

Take a look at when KRANTZ goes home… he clearly doesn’t come from money. His parents live in a humble house just like most of the viewers (including myself) likely do.


Bear

What a disappointment!!! 2M2MM was my favorite show on G4 and I don’t even play poker. It gave the viewers a small window into what I felt was a VERY interested lifestyle.

I guess I’ll just have to wait for the show to pop up on another network. I’m sure it won’t be long!


Anonymous

2m2m was a good show and surely the poker community could fund it themselves?


Nils

Would be nice if the article said why they didn’t renew the show. I’m personally very disapointed. 2M2M was really entertaining.


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