Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Poker After Dark Records Record Audience

Poker After Dark hit record numbers this week, as over 6.4 million people tuned in to watch the showdown between Phil Ivey and Allen Cunningham. The buildup had been immense, as this session of Poker After Dark featured six of the world's most famous poker players in a shorthanded showdown. The buy-in was $50,000, and the format was winner take all, with the top dog taking $300,000 for his efforts. The session was broken down into four episodes:

The first episode featured the start of the tournament. Phil Ivey, Doyle Brunson, Allen Cunningham, Berry Greenstein, Bryan Piccioli, and Patrick "Baller" Butler each posted up their $50,000 to buy into the event, and play began. In the Poker After Dark series, players actually play with their buy-in money (in this case, $50,000), but have to play until one player has all the chips. The only real difference is players use cash on the table as well as chips.

The first episode started out with fireworks, as Brunson and Piccioli were quickly knocked out after making aggressive moves with poor hands. The second episode began with four players remaining. Ivey was in the chip lead, followed by "Baller" Butler, Berry Greenstein, and a very short stacked Allen Cunningham. The second episode was all about Cunningham, as he played with a vicious aggression and quickly rebuilt his stack by knocking out Berry Greenstein and taking a ton of chips off of Phil Ivey.

The third episode begas with three players remaining: Cunningham in the chip lead, Phil Ivey just behind, and Butler short stacked and desperate. Patrick "Baller" Butler has always been known for his aggressive play, especially once he puts his headphones on and listens to his favorite song, "Lollipop Remix". Unfortunately players cannot listen to headphones during Poker After Dark, so Butler wasn't able to mount a comeback and was eliminated in the third episode.

Poker After Dark waited a week between airing the third and fourth episodes, and during that time they aired a ton of TV commercials and the online buzz grew. Tons of poker players tuned in on Thursday the 12th to watch the showdown, and the final number of viewers was 6.1 million. However, the show was a bit of a bust, as Ivey completely dominated the entire match and quickly won first place and the $300,000 prize.

PAD Season 7 - CASH GAME 200K min Part 1

PAD Season 7 - CASH GAME 200K min Part 2

In Canada Poker After Dark aired afternoons and late nights on Rogers Sportsnet and, since fall 2009 on the French network V.
In France Poker After Dark airs at night on RTL9. In Germany, it airs on SPORT1, with commentary provided by Michael Körner. In IrelandPoker After Dark airs on Setanta Ireland and Setanta Sports 1 on most weeknights with little change from the US version. In The Netherlands, it airs on Veronica; episodes feature the original English commentary with Dutch subtitles. In SwedenPoker After Dark airs on afternoons and nights on TV4 Sport and on TV 10 weekday nights at 01:30. In Denmark it airs at night on TV3+. In Italy Poker After Dark airs at night on POKERItalia24. In Poland Poker After Dark airs at evening on Sportklub and Sport Klub+; commentary is provided by Paweł Majewski and Marcin GrzywaczRussia show airs on 7TV at 11:30pm every day till the Febral, now show on REN-tv at 3:00 pm.

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