New Season of NBC's of Poker After Dark Will Debut in January 2011

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More cash games, including two weeks of Pot-Limit Omaha, on tap

Great news for poker fans! POKER PROductions is proud to announce that they have reached an agreement with NBC Universal that will extend Poker After Dark through the year 2014. They are also pleased to announce that the seventh season of the hit late night show recently concluded filming at the beautiful new Aria Resort and Casino at the multi-billion dollar City Center complex in Las Vegas, and that The Aria will be the host venue for the show through 2013. The new season will begin airing on NBC the week of January 3, 2011.

In all, thirteen weeks of new shows will be presented over the course of 2011, and the emphasis will be on cash games. Since cash games were introduced back in Season 4, they have proven to be very popular with viewers and this season will feature more cash games than ever before. All of these games will take place over a two-week period, and most will be no-limit hold'em. But two weeks will also be devoted to Pot-Limit Omaha, with a lineup that should make fans of that game ecstatic!

Two of the no-limit hold'em cash games will have a minimum $100,000 buy in. Those playing in one game will be Mike Matusow, Chris Ferguson, Michael Mizrachi, Brandon Adams, Peter Jetten, Jean-Robert Bellande, and Phil Hellmuth, while Hellmuth, Andy Bloch, Huckleberry Seed, Antonio Esfandiari, Annette Obrestad, and Justin Smith will play in the other.

One of the other no-limit hold'em games will have a heftier buy-in of $150,000. Competing in this game will be Eli Elezra, David Peat, Olivier Busquet, Phil Laak, Greg Mueller, and Howard Lederer. The final no-limit hold'em game will be a $200,000 minimum buy-in, and will see high-stakes cash game pros Phil Ivey, Tom Dwan, Patrik Antonius, David Peat, Eli Elezra, and David Oppenheim each looking to pad their bankrolls at the others' expense.

The PLO game will have a $100,000 minimum buy-in, and will feature Phil Ivey, Tom Dwan, Brandon Adams, Brian Hastings, Phil Galfond, Patrik Antonius and Jared Bleznick. Those familiar with the nuances of Pot-Limit Omaha might suspect that with this lineup several rebuys could take place, and to that end their suspicions would be correct.

Because there are more cash games, there will only be three freezeouts this season. One is dubbed "Wish List," where Mike Dappen of Redwood City, CA, who won the Howard and Suzie Lederer Charity Poker Tournament benefiting the Boys and Girls Clubs, plays against Phil Hellmuth, Mike Matusow, Jennifer Harman, Erica Schoenberg, and Chris Ferguson in a $20,000 buy-in winner-take-all match.

Another freezeout is called "Idol," and will see the legendary Doyle Brunson compete against five of the best young players in Eric Baldwin, Andrew Lichtenberger, Annette Obrestad, Melanie Weisner, and Tom Dwan. This match features a $50,000 buy-in resulting in a $300,000 first prize.

Leading off the new season beginning on January 3, 2011 will be "Big Heat," a $100,000 buy-in freezeout with $600,000 going to the winner. This match showcases six of poker's biggest stars in John Juanda, Erick Lindgren, Phil Ivey, Huckleberry Seed, Tom Dwan, and Phil Galfond. Look for the action in both this match and in the "Idol" match to be especially intense with so much money on the line.

The air dates for the remainder of this season's action have not yet been determined, but once they are, they will be posted at http://www.nbcsports.msnbc.com/poker. Complete player bios and previous PAD records of most of the players are posted there as well, and the remainder will be added in the very near future.

Leeann Tweeden will once again serve as the show's host, and Ali Nejad will provide limited commentary. For the PLO game, Nejad will also be joined in the booth by a special guest commentator.

As viewers of Poker After Dark have come to expect, this season is filled with some great poker, high drama, plenty of laughs, established fan favorites, some interesting and entertaining new players, and its share of eyebrow-raising behavior. Without question, it is one of PAD's best seasons ever, and viewers won't want to miss it.

This press release was written by Dennis Oehring, who serves as the Public Relations Coordinator for the firm POKER PROductions

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