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Poker After Dark to Return on TV
Friday, March 2nd, 2012 by Nadia
Poker After Dark, one of the most popular shows in the world of poker, will be back on TV. It will be broadcasted on NBC Sports Network from March 5th onwards. 24 episodes will run for a period of 5 weeks. In the first 4 weeks, cash games will be featured. Six episodes of a Sit n Go event will be broadcasted in the last week. The announcement regarding the television coverage of the event came after a long wait for the poker community.
Poker Productions is the producer of Poker After Dark. Mori Eskandani, a representative of the company recently threw light on the Poker After Dark TV coverage.
Show Producer Confirms Return of the Event on NBC Sports
Eskandani confirmed that the news regarding Poker after Dark being covered on television is true. He said such events hold a lot of significance in the poker world and should be shown on television. NBC Sports has a late-night slot for games. Poker After Dark will be broadcast at midnight. The event will be covered between Monday and Friday every week. The Director’s Cut will be conducted on Saturdays.
No Sponsors for the Show
Eskandani added that Poker After Dark does not have sponsors this time. Full Tilt Poker, which was the original sponsor of the event, is surrounded by troubles. So, the tables will not feature any brands. The players will be self-sponsored. However, the news regarding the show getting television coverage has created a lot of waves in the poker world, which has been facing a few problems since the Black Friday incident of 2011.
Events to be Covered this Year
Poker after Dark this season will feature cash games played by pros like Annette Obrestad, Justin Smith, Andy Bloch, Phil Hellmuth, David Oppenheim, Eli Elezra, Tom Dwan, Phil Ivey and Patrik Antonius.
A $100,000 Sit-n-Go will be covered in the show. Huck Seed, Tom Dwan, Phil Ivey, Phil Galfond, Erick Lindgren and John Juanda participated in the event a couple of years ago. The events that will be shown over the remaining days will be announced later.
The tournaments to be covered in this year’s Poker After Dark, were originally shot in 2010. Although, the games were played quite a long time ago, it is expected that the cash games will draw a large number of poker enthusiasts to watch the program.
All poker enthusiasts like watching these games irrespective of when they were shot, according to Eskandani. He added that Poker PROductions is glad that it has been given an opportunity to cover the show. Eskandani hopes that more such poker tournaments will be shot and covered in future. Cash games are extremely popular in the poker community. This is one of the reasons why the production house came up with the idea of broadcasting the games on television.
NBC National Heads Up Championship Can be Back in 2013
Eskandani mentioned that there are possibilities that the NBC National Heads Up Championship will be back in 2013. However, the event will not be covered this year.