One of poker's treasured television programs returns next week, and with it returns one of its most celebrated high-stakes players.
Tom Dwan will take a seat with Daniel Negreanu, Doyle Brunson and many others in the revival of Poker After Dark starting Monday, Aug. 14. Dwan, who mostly vanished from the poker spotlight outside of the occasional controversy, has been spending much of the last several years playing nosebleed games in Asia. Now he returns to Poker After Dark for the first time since the show was removed from NBC's programming in 2011.
"I travel around a lot to play poker, and in Manila and Macau people ask me about those shows," Dwan told PokerCentral on Thursday. "All over the world people liked watching those, and every time I get asked 'When will they be back?' I'm excited that now, after six years, they will be back."
Dwan was a regular in the cash game episodes of Poker After Dark, appearing in each of the four most recent seasons. His unpredictable style produced several of the most memorable clashes ever seen on the show, including one hand against Antonio Esfandiari that left 'The Magician' speechless and staring at nothing but empty felt in front of him. Esfandiari will go to battle with Dwan again when the show returns next week.
Where and When to Watch
The first new episode of Poker After Dark will air on Monday, Aug. 14 at 8 p.m. exclusively on PokerGo, with following episodes at the same time airing Tuesday and Wednesday. The show will continue to stream throughout the year on PokerGo, featuring the cash game and sit-and-go formats that fans will remember from years past.
Monday's premiere episode will feature Dwan, Negreanu and Esfandiari, along with Jean-Robert Bellande, Lauren Roberts and Bill Klein. All six players will sit down with a minimum of $100,000 with the blinds at $200/$400 plus a $400 button ante.
Here's a look at the cast of players for the first three days of action.
|Monday, August 14||Tuesday, August 15||Wednesday, August 16|
|Tom Dwan||Tom Dwan||Tom Dwan|
|Jean-Robert Bellande||Jean-Robert Bellande||Jean-Robert Bellande|
|Daniel Negreanu||Doyle Brunson||Doyle Brunson|
|Antonio Esfandiari||Andrew Robl||Andrew Robl|
|Lauren Roberts||Lauren Roberts||Lauren Roberts|
|Bill Klein||Bill Klein||Bill Klein|
Later episodes this season will include pot-limit Omaha and other mixed games typically found in high-stakes rotations. Commentary for all the action will be called by Ali Nejad and Nick Schulman.
"Poker After Dark achieved some of the most breathtaking moments in poker by bringing the fans into an intimate setting up close and personal with the players," said Poker PROductions Founder Mori Eskandani. "PokerGO is the perfect destination for the return of Poker After Dark and we look forward to bringing back the same spirit of the show that made it such a hit in the past."
For a full schedule of upcoming Poker After Dark episodes and other events, visit PokerGO.com.
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