Poker After Dark Season 7 Starts Monday

Poker fans that are already tired of 2010 tournament coverage reruns will be pleased to hear that some fresh high stakes action is coming their way next week via the 7th season of Poker After Dark which will air the first of its new episodes on Monday, January 3.

The very first match-up of the seventh season will feature one of the most highly decorated tables of pros in poker history: Tom Dwan, Phil Galfond, Phil Ivey, John Juanda, Erick Lindgren and Huck Seed. Together they represent tens of millions of dollars in lifetime earnings and 18 WSOP titles. It’s also sure to be an appealing show for fans that are still curious about what went down in Macau last year since Dwan, Ivey and Juanda were the three most prominent players involved.

How will the first big game of 2012 go down? While Poker After Dark traditionally has a $20,000 buy-in, the stakes have been raised to $100,000 a piece for the seventh season’s inaugural tournament. The blinds start low, and the action is paced over an entire week through the use of hard stops. The name of the game is NL Texas Hold’em, though the coming week’s selection of pros have far more varied areas of expertise. The first night of the tournament will air on Monday at 2:05am on NBC. The remaining five nights of the single-table tourney will air at the same time through Saturday. It’s a winner-take-all competition, so the last man standing on Saturday’s show will pocket a sizable $600,000 payout.

As we’ve already reported, PAD’s primary competition – High Stakes Poker – is undergoing some major changes this year as a result of its new PokerStars sponsorship. HSP fans that are worried they won’t be seeing their favorite Full Tilt pros on the show this year should strongly considering checking out the newest season of Poker After Dark.

Of course the games have already been played, so the pros know the results, but thus far everyone’s remained very mum. You can already see clips of the next two match-ups – scheduled to start January 10 and January 17, respectively – on the official Poker After Dark website. The January 10 week will mix things up a little with Doyle Brunson, Eli Elezra, Gus Hansen, Phil Hellmuth and Phil Laak taking fresh seats and Tom Dwan returning. For that week, it will be a NL cash game where the players must buy-in for at least $100,000. If you like what you see, it’ll be the same game again in a high stakes rematch starting January 17.

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