The new edition of the show will feature a “$150,000 Cash Game” that will get both players and viewers biting their nails and hiding their nerves as the high stakes get passed around the table. The blinds will be $300/$600 and the ante will be $100.
As usual, the main attraction of the show, (and this new poker TV genre), is the opportunity to see top professionals in action. The biggest of the big names to appear on ths new show are Howard Lederer and Phil Laak. Lederer is the proud owner of two World Series Of Poker (WSOP) bracelets and two that are emblazoned with the World Poker Tour (WPT) logo. With $6.4 million in lifetime winnings, Lederer currently ranks 36th in the all-time money list. Laak, a professional poker player from Dublin in Ireland, holds a single WSOP title and an equal number of WPT wins, he won the “Poker After Dark”in January 2010. Laak is also the holder of the poker endurance record – he played for 115 straight hours at the Bellagio in 2010.
Two players will be making their debuts on the new show; Greg Mueller is a former ice hocky player and has already won two WSOP bracelets, in 2009 he took down the World Championship of Limit Hold’em for $460,000 and the $1,500 Limit Hold’em Shootout for a further $195,000; the other debutante will be Olivier Busquet, winner of the WPT Borgata Poker Open in 2009.
The remaining two players who will take their televized seats are David Peat and Eli Elezra, the latter has cashed 18 times in the WSOP and won one WPT title. Peat is better known as an online player but has managed to rack up more than $277K in tournament winnings that include a second-place finish for over $202K at the 2007 WPT World Championship.
“This game has plenty of action, along with its share of bad beats and suckouts which result in several rebuys. Viewers will see a variation of the seven/deuce prop bet and for a period of time the players agree to show one card if they win an uncontested pot.” Explains the NBC preview material for this new series which will air from Monday to Friday nights at 2:05am ET on NBC. Saturday nights will offer a series of “Director’s Cut” episodes that will start at 1:00am ET following “Saturday Night Live.”