NBC has had a successful run with Poker After Dark and the show looks to continue its success as it enters its sixth season. Held at the Golden Nugget Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, PAD continues to find an audience thanks to the interesting mix of high-stakes cash games and big-name professional players who regularly appear on the program. This edition of the series features 13 shows, seven six-handed winner-take-all matches and six cash games.
The first episode to debut is called "Commentators III," which features Howard Lederer, Gabe Kaplan, Joe Sebok, Ali Nejad, Mark Gregorich, and Kara Scott.
PAD's second episode is dedicated to players with interesting nicknames including Annette “The Huntress” Obrestad, Mike “The Mouth” Matusow, Antonio “The Magician” Esfandiari, Erick “E-Dog” Lindgren, Phil “The Unabomber” Laak, and Phil “The Poker Brat” Hellmuth.
PAD's first cash game features a solid line-up and a $50,000 minimum buy-in that should keep viewers interested, with players Brandon Adams, Todd Brunson, Chris Ferguson, Mike Matusow, Esfandiari, and Hellmuth making the rounds.
There are two other big-buy-in cash games, featuring a $100,000 minimum buy-in game with Hellmuth, Eli Elezra, Doyle Brunson, Tom Dwan, Gus Hansen, and Laak and a $150,000 minimum buy-in match with Dwan, Patrik Antonius, David Peat, Elezra, Kaplan, and Alan Meltzer.
Other interesting shows include "Mixed Martial Arts," which features Bruce Buffer, Patrik Antonius, Dan Henderson, Randy Couture, Lederer, and Lindgren. Another show, "He Said, She Said," pits Erica Schoenberg, Jean-Robert Bellande, David Grey, Karina Jett, Mike Matusow, and Annie Duke in a battle of the sexes.