BY RUSS SCOTT
RELEASE: MARCH 13, 2012
Does “Poker After Dark’s” Return to TV Signal More Shows to Come?
The return of a popular televised poker show and the frustration of seeing an opponent’s crazy playing style pay off are on readers’ minds this week.
Q: I heard that “Poker After Dark” on NBC was returning this month, but I don’t see it on the program listings. It was a favorite of mine. Where can I find it? — Steve B. of Moline, Ill.
A: “Poker After Dark,” bumped from the NBC lineup last year in the wake of the April 15 government crackdown on online poker, is indeed back on the air. Just not on NBC.
Last week, previously unseen episodes and traditional reruns began airing on NBC Sports Network, available on many cable and satellite services. Check your local listings.
The unaired episodes reportedly include five weeks of nightly programming from 2010. Four of those weeks are cash games; the fifth is a standard sit-and-go format.
Mori Eskandani of “Poker After Dark’s” parent company, Poker PROductions, recently told PokerNews.com the show will be void of poker sponsors and clear of signage on the poker felt or elsewhere.
Otherwise, the action will look just like before, with top stars such as Phil Ivey, Patrik Antonius, Tom Dwan, Eli Elezra, Phil Hellmuth, Annette Obrestad and others battling it out in high-stakes cash games or in winner-take-all tournaments.
Even though the unaired shows are two years old, Eskandani told PokerNews, “I’m just happy that NBC has given us the opportunity to bring the show back.”
Eskandani also said there’s a “90 percent chance” the “NBC National Heads-up Poker Championship” would return in 2013.
“That’s a very fun event, and I know it’s going to be sorely missed this year, but it’s coming back. It’s just that things got murky out there” after the Department of Justice action, Eskandani told PokerNews.
Movement toward regulated online poker in the U.S. has Eskandani upbeat about poker’s future.
“I think things will get worked out,” he said. “Mainly, I just want everyone to stay positive. I think poker’s not going anywhere. The game itself is so great that if we in the industry stay positive and give it the right light, it’ll come back.”
Q: At a recent charity event, a young woman sat down to my left and, I swear, started playing almost every hand. She proceeded to catch her hand most of the time and win. It was hard to watch! — B.R. in Davenport, Iowa.
A: Watching her win was tough for you because, as you wrote:
“I know that playing that many hands will lead you to the rail nine times out of 10. Half the time, she didn’t even know what the blinds were and when it was her turn to act.”
Every player has a different style, B.R., and your mission is to exploit others’ mistakes.
The woman didn’t win the tourney, but she did go deep. If she wasn’t just acting dumb about the blinds and such, what’s left to understand is that she WAS following a strategy, however flawed.
Sometimes, in moderation, such a wide departure from the norm actually is a great way to attack the table. Just crazily playing every hand trying to get lucky, however, isn’t going to work very often.
Stick with your solid game, B.R., but toss in some comfortable creativity of your own from time to time.
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