|Shana Hiatt (2007-2009)|
Marianela Pereyra (2010-2011)
Leeann Tweeden (2011)
NBC Sports Network: 6/4/2012-present
|NBC Universal Television|
Poker After Dark is a reality gambling poker game show.
The Poker After Dark format featured an "intimate look at one table as it develops over the week." Blinds start at $100/$200 and slowly escalate. Commentator Ali Nejad's commentary is limited, allowing viewers to hear much of the table talk among the players, all of whom are miked. (The table talk occasionally reveals that the "week-long" series is taped in one long session.)
The series was originally structured as a series of week-long No Limit Texas hold 'em mini-tournaments for six top poker professionals. Each week the players vied for a $120,000 winner-takes-all prize pool, with each paying a $20,000 buy-in. By the end of the fifth show, a winner is determined. The sixth show was a "director's cut" that includes excerpts from the action from the previous five days, interspersed with talking heads commentary from the participants. Beginning with Season 4, the producers began to experiment with different formats, including no-limit cash games, and a double-elimination Heads Up battle between the first 4 winners of the National Heads-Up Poker Championship. Also, Seasons 3, 4 and 5 had a "Dream Table," pitting an amateur against five pros.
Here is a list of countries where Poker After Dark is aired: