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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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Phil IveyPhil Ivey was charged with fraud last year at Crockford’s casino where he won close to $13 million playing Punto Banco – a variant of Baccarat. Now, Ivey does win millions, and like Tom Dwan, he is used to million dollar swings. In other words, he is prone to losing millions of dollars in a single session during bad runs, and winning the same amount or more on good days. But $13 million is not a small amount, even for this poker legend. The casino claimed that Ivey demanded too many deck changes, and the dealer realized that most of the decks of playing cards had non-symmetrical patterns, which made them vulnerable to reads. Copag Peek-Index cardsAfter the  casino’s refusal to pay Ivey his winnings, Phil filed a lawsuit. This might be old news to some poker players, but I really wanted to share (actually vent) my opinion on this subject.

Did Ivey do the right thing? Yes, I believe so. Casinos are a money-making machine. I wouldn’t call them a money-making racket, because going to a casino is purely based on free will. Poker players do owe the casino for offering live poker action, during the unstable and irrational political times when online poker is banned.  However, casinos owe poker celebrities a lot more, for how much they’ve popularized the game.  Young poker players watch Ivey on TV playing high stakes poker and WSOP tournaments. They watch his genius moves, his watchful restless eyes, and they all want to be like him. Poker celebrities have generated a lot more revenue for casinos than they can imagine. Just as the top 5% in the U.S. generates more than 95% of wealth, the top celebrity poker players generate a global passion for poker, and in turn an enormous amount of rake for casinos.

I believe there needs to an Independent Poker Players’ Guild, consisting of top poker players who have, over the past 10 years, generated an income of more than $5 million. This guild will be prepared for all legal battles with wealth-mongering casinos who do not care about individual players. As Robert DeNiro’s character, Ace Rothstein, from  Scorsese’s masterpiece Casino rightfully say,s “The town will never be the same. Today, it looks like Disneyland. And while the kids play cardboard pirates, Mommy and Daddy drop the house payments and Junior’s college money on the poker slots. In the old days, dealers knew your name, what you drank, what you played. Today, it’s like checkin’ into an airport. And if you order room service, you’re lucky if you get it by Thursday. Today, it’s all gone.” I stand by Ivey in this battle. On the contrary, I believe Ivey won because he possesses skill. Though Punto Banco doesn’t require as much skill as Poker, I still believe Ivey did not commit any fraud whatsoever, and he deserves every bit of the $13 million. Like Judas Priest sings in their popular song Electric Eye, “I’m protected electric eye; Always in focus; You can’t feel my stare.” Let’s stand for and support Ivey.

Good Luck!

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Continuing with interesting word play related to poker, I’m sure you have all heard of anagrams. It’s simple. You take a word or a sentence, rearrange the letters, and form new words or sentences. You’ll be fascinated to know that many of the new word/words mean something similar—and this is particularly true with names. The best possible solutions to name anagrams reveal an eerily close-to perfect depiction of the  person. Again, the mind might choose to see what it wants, nevertheless, this is one of nature’s inexplicable gimmicks. Let’s start with our own Texas Poker Store family members, and continue with celebrity poker professionals. I thoroughly enjoyed this exercise, and I hope you do too!

Name Anagram
Jim Paris I Rip Jams How true! Our Chief Dealer, who previously produced the great Buddy Miles, loves Rock ‘N Roll jams.
Paul Marvin Rival Up Man I agree. Paul’s a good Heads Up player. I wouldn’t want to rival up with him heads up.
Vineet Bailur Brave Inutile Bingo! Brave in poker, inutile in everything else.
Phil Hellmuth Huh? The Limp II I’ll take it. He is a tight player. No wonder he won so many tournaments. A master of pot control.
Daniel Negreanu Genuine Adrenal Unreal! Daniel walks the walk, and talks the talk too. Anyone who knows The Kid, knows that he is full of adrenalin.
Doyle Brunson Busy Londoner Age is no barrier for this poker maestro, who is still busy traveling the world playing poker.
Antonio Esfandiari If Insane Adoration If you watch High Stakes Poker, then you know The Magician is constantly thankful and appreciative of all poker players at his table.
Phil Laak Alpha Ilk A prototype among the best.
Tom Dwan Mad Town Indeed! Hyper aggressive is an understatement.
Stu Ungar Guru Ants A Guru of poker with the stature of a thin, frail, little ant who always ended up with the biggest stack of poker chips.
Vanessa Selbst Vast ‘n’ Baseless Absolutely. Her style is relentless and aggressive.

Good luck at the tables!

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Bluffing is, without a doubt, a fine art when it comes to poker and especially when it comes to Texas Hold ’em. You must have courage, nerves of steel, or to quote our Jewish friends, a lot of chutzpah. But that’s not all, you also need the talent to be able to know when to bluff, when to represent that you have a winner when you may have nothing, and the abilityto keep your tells completely under control. That may mean you purposely act one way or another to mislead your opponents or you keep a completely frozen face that tells no one anything.

I’ve been watching Tom “Durrr” Dwan for a long time and I would certainly put him up as one of the greatest bluffers of all time . . . and a master at face freezing. I have seen him take down player after player just as he takes everyone down on this video from “High Stakes Poker”, with nothing in his hand and that “deer in the headlights” frozen stare of his.

Next time you sit down at a Texas holdem poker table will you have what it takes to bluff? Will you be able to not give away your tells?

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