Talk about one heck of a re-boot! We saw fireworks on the first episode back for the popular cash-game program Poker After Dark. We witnessed one of those insane-cooler hands with Q-Q vs. K-K vs. A-A. Luckily for Daniel Negreanu, he had enough sense to fold when Tom Dwan six-bet shoved with Aces. Antonio Esfandiari, who has folded Kings in big spots before, made the call. They ran it twice and Dwan's Aces held up in a pot worth nearly $700,000. It's the hand everyone is talking about today, which is great P.R. for the Poker After Dark re-boot. Another episode airs tonight on PokerGO at 8pm ET or 5pm local time in Vegas.
Live poker is rigged. I mean, wow. Talk about a monster hand on Day 1. Poker After Dark got an amazing piece of P.R. last night with a cooler of a hand. The pot was worth just a few grand short of $700,000. It could have been a three-way all-in preflop, but Daniel Negreanu managed to get out of the way of a gunfight to the death between Tom Dwan and Antonio Esfandiari.
Poker After Dark returned to action at the Aria Casino in Las Vegas. The minimum $100,000 buy-in game included Daniel Negreanu, Tom Dwan, Jean-Robert Bellande, Antonio Esfandiari, Bill Klein, and Lauren Roberts. Poker After Dark's triumphant return can only be viewed on PokerGo, a subscription service. In the era of live-streaming and cord cutting, it seemed natural that instead of NBC (terrestrial TV) airing Poker After Dark in the wee hours, at a time when only stoners and insomniacs were up, that a live-streaming service would provide the coverage. PokerGO came to fruition shortly before the 2017 WSOP, where it provided daily final table streams and additional Main Event coverage. For fans wondering what sort of extra content they would get with their $99 yearly subscription (or $10 per month), well you had to wait no further than for the return of Poker After Dark.
It didn't take very long before things went a little crazy. Dwan 4-bet to $14,000 with . Esfandiari 5-bet to $41,100 with . With $59K in the pot, Negreanu tanked with . Kid Poker thought for a bit and eventually called for $37,600 more with pocket Queens. With $97K in the pot, Dwan did everything he could to stay cool before he moved all-in for $328K. Could Esfandiari fold Kings pre-flop for only the sixth time ever? Esfandiari called all-in. The total pot was $697,100. Negreanu folded his Queens and made sure he let everyone know what was up. They ran it twice, but Aces held up both times.
As Elky would say, "So sick!"
The popular cash-game-centric series returned after being killed in the wake of Black Friday. Man, has in been six years already? That's the last time you caught a glimpse of PAD… until now. PokerGO will be airing two more episodes/live streams on Tuesday and Wednesday. Tune in at 8pm ET or 5pm Vegas time to watch the next round. The line-up for Tuesday and Wednesday will feature….
Watch the hand play out in the video below…