After a few years out of the public eye (if not the public conscience), it would appear that the elusive Tom “durrrrr” Dwan will be making a return to televised poker as he has been confirmed among the line-up of the all-new “Poker After Dark” series which is making a return next week on PokerGO, Poker Central’s live and on demand subscription service.
Once again Poker After Dark will be produced by Mori Eskandani’s Poker PROductions, and will be return to our screens next Monday 14th August at 8pm ET on PokerGO.
From what we can make out the format should be comfortingly familiar; six grizzled pros duking it out in a cash game with a minimum $100,000 buy-in, in a relaxed high-class “home game” type environment. The action will take place at the Aria in Las Vegas, home to the biggest regular high roller tournaments, and of course the annual Super High Roller Bowl extravaganza.
Poker fans everywhere will no doubt be excited to watch Tom Dwan in action for the first time in years. It has been a full six years since Poker After Dark went off air, and apart from his brief stint as one of the Full Tilt “Professionals” alongside Viktor “Isildur1” Blom and Gus Hansen in 2012/2013, Dwan has been absent from the poker world outside of Asia since 2011 (apart from the odd sighting in Las Vegas).
Dwan was one of the stand-out stars of shows such as Poker After Dark and High Stakes Poker (both Poker PROduction shows); in fact he was THE biggest winner out of all the players on High Stakes Poker (Poker After Dark mixed previously mixed cash games with round-robin tournament and team games whereas HSP was purely high stakes cash games), making an overall profit of some $1.75m
Above: A caricature sketch from PAD from Season 7, episode 1. From L-R (as far as we can tell); John Juanda, Erick Lindgren, Phil Galfond, Huck Seed, Tom Dwan, Phil Ivey.
Dwan has already been in the poker headlines this week as it was revealed recently on a Doug Polk podcast by Dan “jungleman” Cates that Dwan had paid him somewhere between $700-800k in penalties for his continued delay in resuming their now 7 year old “durrrr challenge”. Previously it was understood that Dwan had simply welched on the bet, but it seems that despite not actually getting around to playing a single hand in the match for 4 years now, that he has at least acknowledged he is at fault and has made some pretty substantial penalties to make things right. With his stock in the poker community on the rise once more, his appearances on the new PAD will not doubt be highly anticipated.
Dwan spoke to Poker Central about his upcoming appearances, saying,
“I travel around a lot to play poker, and in Manila and Macau people ask me about those shows. All over the world people liked watching those, and every time I get asked ‘When will they be back?’ I’m excited that now, after six years, they will be back.”
“The shows were fun, they ended up being more interesting and more fun than I expected. It also helped that I won basically every hand that I played. If I called they were bluffing, if I was bluffing they folded. I’m hoping that continues”
Playing alongside Dwan in the first episode will be Daniel Negreanu, Antonio Esfandiari, Jean Robert-Bellande, Lauren Roberts, and Bill Klein. The second and third episodes will stay the same but for Negreanu and Esfandiari being replaced by Andrew Robl and Doyle Brunson.