Posts Tagged ‘Poker After Dark’

Poker After Dark back on NBC

Tuesday, February 28th, 2012

There’s not really much going on in the world of poker TV these days – especially since NBC pulled the plug on Poker After Dark towards the end of 2011. However, this all looks to change because Poker After Dark’s producers, Poker PROductions, announced that the show will be back. They did so via the following twitter message:

RT @Kevmath: Good news for poker TV fans: Poker After Dark returns, airing on the NBC Sports Network. More to come soon.

As you can see, Poker PROductions is pretty sure that Poker After Dark will be back, which is definitely good news. Rumor is that 24 episodes will be airing in the future with 18 of these being cash games. The remaining six episodes will be sit and go’s, thus providing some variety in the lineup.

The main thing that’s up in the air right now is when NBC Sports Network will play the Poker After Dark episodes. The shows were filmed in December of 2011, so they are already finished; it’s just a matter of when people will get to see them.

One other big topic worth covering here is whether or not new episodes will be filmed after NBC runs the 24 unseen Poker After Dark episodes. At the moment, there’s no main sponsor for the show because their old sponsor, Full Tilt Poker, is currently defunct. So the long-term future will all depend on PAD’s ability to land a major sponsor.

Assuming the US government ever legalizes and regulates online poker, it wouldn’t be hard at all for PAD to get sponsored. But with the way things are dragging on with online poker legalization, it might be a while before anything like this happens. In any case, it’s just nice to hear that Poker After Dark will be returning for the foreseeable future.

High Stakes Poker Gone – Any Poker Shows Left?

Friday, December 9th, 2011

As you may already know, GSN announced that they won’t be bringing High Stakes Poker back for an eighth season. This ends the run of one of the most successful poker TV shows in history, and leaves us wondering if there’s anything left in the way of poker-related programming.

After all, this is the same year that also saw the highly-popular Poker After Dark fall by the wayside too. Both Poker After Dark and High Stakes Poker lasted seven seasons, and paved the way for other successful TV shows in the same genre.

Of course, there is ESPN’s coverage of the WSOP, which will probably always be on TV – at least for the foreseeable future; however, the WSOP isn’t a weekly program like HSP or Poker After Dark. Furthermore, there really aren’t any reoccurring poker TV shows on right now because several other ones have also been cancelled.

For instance, PokerStars Big Game was another 2011 casualty because PokerStars was busy pulling out of the US market and paying off the US Department of Justice after Black Friday. Speaking of Black Friday, it seems that this horrid day continues to have reverberations throughout the poker community – even eight months after the fact.

Following Black Friday, online poker is still in a recovery stage, and it will take something big to happen for anything to change quickly; that includes the world of poker TV shows. PokerStars would be the only sponsor capable of backing a major poker show any time soon, but they probably aren’t interested in jumping back into this world just yet. Both Party Poker and the iPoker network aren’t nearly big enough to fill the role that Full Tilt Poker did in the TV world (they single-handedly backed HSP at one point).

Long story short, it may be a while before we see any good poker TV shows that don’t include WSOP coverage.