For the third time, an amateur player will get his shot at beating a lineup of famous poker pros on NBC's "Poker After Dark". Arnold Thimons won his way onto the show's Dream Table III through a freeroll, earning the right to select which pro players he wants to compete against for the $120,000 winner-take-all prize.
Thimons chose to take on a formidable group of famous poker names, facing off against Johnny Chan, Mike Matusow, Phil Laak, Daniel Negreanu, and Jennifer Tilly at his Dream Table. So far, no amateur has won a Dream Table match on "Poker After Dark" and Thimons, a native of Greensburg, Pennsylvania, will have his work cut out for him as he attempts to become the first.
Every one of Thimons' opponents is a "Poker After Dark" veteran, with Johnny "Orient Express" Chan currently holding the best record, having emerged victorious in three of his five previous matches. Negreanu, Laak, and Matusow have each racked up one victory on the show, while Tilly is the only one selected who has yet to win a "Poker After Dark" title. Save for Laak, all of Thimons' rivals are WSOP bracelet winners.
The first episode of what's sure to be an entertaining and loquacious matchup is set to air tonight, or more technically the wee hours of tomorrow morning, at 2:05am Eastern on NBC. The Dream Table match will continue with five more episodes of "Poker After Dark", each airing in the same timeslot on the following five nights, with the "Director's Cut" offering special footage when it airs late Saturday night.
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