New Poker After Dark: $200K Cash Game

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Previously unaired game finally makes its television debut on June 4.

It’s been a long time coming for the loyal fans of Poker After Dark, but they can now rejoice as perhaps the most anticipated cash game of Season 7 will finally make its television debut on the NBC Sports Network.

Here is the order of broadcast for the two week game, with each episode one hour in length. Check your local listings for the exact times in your area.

Week 1:

Monday, June 4 @12:30 a.m. ET
Tuesday, June 5 @ 12:00 a.m. ET
Wednesday, June 6 @ 12:30 a.m. ET
Thursday, June 7 @ 12:00 a.m. ET
Friday, June 8 @ 12:00 a.m. ET
Saturday, June 9 (Director’s Cut) @ 1:30 a.m. ET

Week 2:

Monday, June 11-Friday, June 15 @ 12:00 a.m. ET
Saturday, June 16 (Director’s Cut) @ 2:00 a.m. ET

This game was originally filmed at the Aria in Las Vegas in late 2010, and the buy-in for the game was $200,000. The players who participated represent a veritable murderer’s row of cash game talent in David “Viffer” Peat, Eli Elezra, David Oppenheim, Patrik Antonius, Phil Ivey, and Tom “durrrr” Dwan. The blinds were $400/$800 while the button anted $1000 on each hand.

All of these players have appeared on Poker After Dark several times in the past with the exception of Oppenheim, who has only one previous appearance on the show. However, this is his very first televised cash game appearance in the States, which is noteworthy in the sense that he has made his living for the past two decades as a high stakes cash game specialist.

A lot of money changes hands in this game, and as such viewers can expect a game filled with high intensity combined with numerous difficult and sometimes lengthy decisions. Viewers will definitely want to tune in over the course of the next two weeks to find out who emerged as the big winner.

Peat, David: (Seat 1)

  • Nicknamed “Viffer” and has been a professional poker player since moving to Las Vegas from Ohio in the early 2000s
  • Primarily a high-stakes no-limit cash game player with an aggressive nature, and likes to play a lot of hands
  • Plays very few tournaments, though he does have in excess of $277,000 in career live tournament winnings
  • Enjoys clubbing, shooting pool, dating, and partying with friends when not playing poker, and once played pool for a living
  • Remembers rolling pennies growing up to be able to go to Taco Bell for a $.39 taco because he had no money, and feels his humble origins help people identify with him now that he plays in some of the biggest games around

Elezra, Eli: (Seat 2)

  • Began playing poker as a child, and honed his skills while bedridden with a leg injury suffered while in a commando unit of the Israeli army during the 1982 Lebanon War
  • Owns one WSOP bracelet for winning the 2007 Seven Card Stud Hi/Lo event, and also owns one WPT title
  • Lifetime live tournament winnings in excess of $2.10 million
  • Highly successful Las Vegas businessman and entrepreneur who owns several retail establishments on the Las Vegas Strip
  • Considers poker just a hobby, preferring the label “poker enthusiast”, but for years has played in the highest stakes cash games in Las Vegas where he is best known as a mixed game specialist

Oppenheim, David: (Seat 3)

  • Has now played professionally for nearly two decades, a span in which he said he went broke only once, when he was 21
  • Began playing live poker while he was in college, using a fake ID to get into casinos once he was 18, and dropped out of college at the age of 19 to play full-time
  • Plays as high as $4000/$8000, and is considered one of the best limit players in the world by his peers, something he says is more important to him than fame
  • Career live tournament winnings in excess of $1.70 million
  • Attributes in part his long term success to his intense desire to win, which dates back to his competitiveness in sports while growing up

Antonius, Patrik: (Seat 4)

  • Former male model and tennis player and a native of Helsinki, Finland now living in Monte Carlo, but also has a home in Las Vegas
  • Considered one of the best short-handed high-stakes cash game players in the world, whether live or online, and is a fan favorite in the poker community
  • Lifetime live tournament winnings in excess of $5.32 million, and ranks 1st on Finland’s all-time money list
  • Finished 9th in the 2011 WSOPE Main Event, good for $120,000, and finished 2nd to Phil Ivey in the 2012 Aussie Millions A$ 250,000 NLHE Challenge, good for $1.23 million
  • At the time of the 2011 WSOP, won a prop bet against fellow professional poker player Brandon Adams by beating him in a tennis match 6-0, 6-1 to collect $30,000. Adams would have collected $295,000 had he won.

Ivey, Phil: (Seat 5)

  • Regarded by many as the best overall player in the game today, and has been seen recently frequenting the biggest cash games in Macau, along with Tom Dwan
  • Winner of eight WSOP bracelets (strangely none in hold’em), the latest in the 2010 $3000 H.O.R.S.E. event, and one of only five players in history to win three WSOP bracelets in one year (2002), though he skipped the 2011 WSOP entirely
  • Career live tournament winnings in excess of $16.11million, and ranks 3rd on the all-time money list, trailing only Erik Seidel and Daniel Negreanu
  • Won the 2012 Aussie Millions A$ 250,000 NLHE Challenge, defeating a field of 16 players to win $2.05 million
  • One of only three players who has at least four $1 million paydays, the others being Gus Hansen and Michael Mizrachi

Dwan, Tom: (Seat 6)

  • Nicknamed “durrrr” and a living legend in the poker community, despite being just 25 years old
  • Primarily a short-handed or heads-up high-stakes cash game player with remarkable success despite his young age, and is considered one of poker’s premier cash game players
  • Live career tournament winnings in excess of $2.18 million
  • Appeared on Seasons 5 and 6 of High Stakes Poker, where he has dazzled pros and fans alike with his aggressive play, having six straight winning sessions
  • Holds the record for the largest pot ever won in a recorded live game at $1.1 million against Phil Ivey in London, but reportedly has won and lost pots much bigger than in Macau, where he has spent considerable time since Black Friday

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

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