Posts Tagged ‘Poker After Dark’

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In about an hour, the live XVI World Poker Tour (WPT) Legends of Poker Main Event Final Table will hit the felt with six players remaining. They will be playing live and streaming (on a 30-minute delay) on PokerGO, just the way it worked for the 2017 WSOP Final Table.

If you cancelled your subscription to PokerGO after the WSOP, it’s a good time to sign up again to catch the action. Leading the pack is JC Tran, with a huge chip lead (8.295 million) over the second-place Art Papazyan (6.005 mill). Coming up in third place is the Poker Brat himself, the legendary Phil Hellmuth (2.94 mill) who has NEVER won a WPT Title and wants one very badly, followed by DJ Alexander (2.73 million), Adam Swan (1.655 million), and Marvin Rettenmaier (1.225 million).

If you wish you’d signed up for PokerGO to watch the relaunched Poker After Dark series, but you didn’t get around to it, you NEED a subscription to watch that as well as the Legends final table. So kill two birds with one stone and sign up now at PokerGo.com. Then sit back and have some fun tonight watching some big-stakes tournament poker. (7:30E. 6:30C 4:30P)

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Poker fans that enjoy watching professional poker players battle it out live on the felt fell in love with a series called Poker After Dark that ran on NBC from 2007 until Black Friday, 2011. Some of the biggest names in poker played in the high-stakes cash games yet it felt like they were in your living room. Late at night you can still catch reruns and some of the most memorable highlights can be found on YouTube.

Well folks, get ready to fall in love again. Poker After Dark is back, produced by Poker Central and streamed to you exclusively on PokerGO. In fact, its first new episode debuted Monday night August 14th at 8 p.m. with following episodes to air at the same time Tuesday and Wednesday nights throughout the year.

To give you a taste of the caliber of the poker players participating, Monday night’s game featured Daniel Negreanu, Antonio Esfandiari and Tom Dwan (one of the most popular high-stakes player from the original series) along with Jean-Robert Bellande, Lauren Roberts and Bill Klein. All six players began with a minimum of $100,000, with the blinds at $200/$400 and more than $2 million on the table.

The series has begun with No Limit Texas Hold ‘Em, but the producers are planning to include some of the mixed games like pot limit Omaha that are gaining in popularity in high-stakes action.

What made Poker After Dark such a fan favorite was the intimacy of the setting, and the producers of the revival have kept it that way. Although the expert commentary of Ali Nejad and Nick Schulman will be provided, the real fan appeal is that feeling of being a voyeur with the ability to listen to the banter/trash talk of the players. So, unlike the commentary-heavy coverage of the recent 2017 WSOP, Poker After Dark relies on the up close and personal style of the original series, bluffs, bad beats, controversies and all.

Of course, if you did what we did, you may no longer have a subscription to PokerGO. We paid for two months in order to watch all of the World Series. However, we had some complaints (let’s just say we weren’t always satisfied with the coverage) so we didn’t renew. With the advent of the new Poker After Dark, however, this may be the perfect time to re-think our decision. For $99 a year, it seems like there’s some great poker ahead of us.

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vinny-with-shades2Confessions of a Grinder

Chris Moneymaker won the 2003 World Series of Poker and created a poker frenzy known as the Moneymaker Effect. Becoming a world champion was no longer considered a forte of the professionals, and people started believing in the game and taking their chances. Moneymaker frequents the Hollywood Casino at Columbus, OH, once a month, and is one of the most humble professional poker players you’ll come across. Moneymaker has managed to keep it all in place. However, not all poker stories are inspirational. Recently, three of the most popular names in poker have seen some dark days—public humiliation, arrest and bankruptcy. 2013 has been a bad year for ex-champions.

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Greg ‘Fossilman’ Raymer, who won the World Series the following year in 2004, was recently arrested in a prostitution sting in North Carolina. Jerry Yang, who won the same event a few years later in 2007, had to forgo his WSOP bracelet, his watch, a portion of his property and other belongings, due to non payment of taxes. Eric ‘E-Dog’  Lindgren, popular for his Poker After Dark and GSN’s High Stakes Poker appearances and surely the most consistent pro among the three, recently went broke! Lindgren publicly admitted to his gambling problem, his debts related to sports betting, and his surrender to a rehabilitation center.

On the one hand, it pains me to hear such stories about people who inspired me over the years with their never-say-die attitude and their self-belief. On the other hand, it reinforces some foundational principles and values of life in my mind and reminds me of the bitter truth;  A. Poker is, after all, a form of gambling, and if you do not stick to responsible gambling and bankroll management, you most likely will face bankruptcy, and;  B. Never get ahead of yourself — in today’s super-competitive world of poker, your attitude when you are up, and your patience when you are down, WILL  decide how successful you are in this game. I personally hope that Eric, Jerry and Greg survive this ordeal and get back to what they do best at the poker table.Ultimate Folding Poker table from the Texas Poker Store

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