The folks at Poker PROductions, the production company behind the late night NBC poker show, “Poker After Dark”, have big plans in store for this most recent set of new episodes.  The show will feature two solid weeks of cash game action with the theme “Railbird Heaven.”
The roster of players for the episodes includes Patrik Antonius, Daniel Negreanu, Tom “durrrr” Dwan, Gus Hansen, Phil Ivey and Phil Hellmuth. The sextet will buy-in for anywhere from $100,000 to $250,000 and the blinds will start at $200/$400. If past episodes of “Poker After Dark” and “High Stakes Poker” are any indication, those numbers will inevitably be inflated thanks to straddle bets and other prop bets that have become commonplace on televised cash games.
According to the show’s official website, it was Phil Ivey who pushed for some high stakes prop bets during the game. The Team Full Tilt member and recent 7th place finisher at this year’s World Series of Poker (WSOP) Main Event was the mastermind behind some six-figure prop bets and even convinces some of the other players at the table to take part in some pricey coin flips, in which each player moves all-in blind before the cards are even dealt. Adding to the prop betting debauchery, Negreanu made a bet in which he will win $1 for every dollar Hellmuth loses over the course of the game.
The second week of episodes will feature the same line-up, though previews indicate that david “Viffer” Peat might be taking a seat in the game as well. While he may not be as recognizable to the casual poker fan, Peat is a player with a lot of cash game experience. Most recently, he was featured on the G4 show “2 Months, 2 Million” both as an online player squaring off with Jay Rosenkrantz and in the flesh when he took part in the cast’s home game alongside Andrew “good2cu” Robl, Bertrand “ElKY” Grospellier and David Williams.
The first of the ten episodes aired in the States on Monday night and the players have already taken to needling each other and getting a rousing game of “Lodden Thinks” going. For those who may not be aware, Lodden Thinks is a game in which two people place bets on what a third party thinks the answer to a given question is. Popularized by prop betting extraordinaires Phil Laak and Antonio Esfandiari, the game has cropped up on “Poker After Dark” episodes more than once in past episodes.
“Poker After Dark” can be seen on NBC weekdays at 2:05AM ET (though check your local listings, as airtimes tend to vary). A special “Director’s Cut episode, in which players discuss the way they played hands and comment on the general action at the table, airs in the wee hours of Sunday morning after the show “Saturday Night Live.”

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