Tom Dwan Back in Spotlight, Will Play Live on New ‘Poker After Dark’

When Poker After Dark returns to poker-player video displays on Monday, August 14, a familiar face from poker’s most televised age will re-enter the spotlight. Former Full Tilt Poker pro Tom Dwan, known online as Durrrr, will compete at high-stakes money games on the show that will air on PokerGO for three consecutive nights, Poker Central announced.

Tom Dwan on Poker After Dark

In what is sure to be a fan draw, the new Poker After Dark has procured Tom Dwan as a player for the first episode, which airs live, August 14, on the PokerGo program. (Image: YouTube)

Poker After Dark, one of the most popular poker tv shows of all time, makes its triumphant return next week for the first time since 2011.

The first episode, which will broadcast live starting at 5 pm PT, will pit Dwan, Daniel Negreanu, Antonio Esfandiari, Jean-Robert Bellande, Bill Klein, and Lauren Roberts against each other in a $200/$400 cash match with a $400 button ante.

Minimum buy-in is $100,000.

On Tuesday and Wednesday, Doyle Brunson and Andrew Robl will replace Esfandiari and Negreanu at the table.

Poker After Dark lasted seven seasons from 2007 to 2011 before going dark after Black Friday, which of course froze up funds from the show’s primary sponsor, Full Tilt. But it was only a matter of time before somehow, some way, legendary producer Mori Eskandani and his company, Poker Productions, could find a way to bring it back.

Where Are You, Durrrr?

Tom ‘Durrrr’ Dwan has been non-existent on the televised poker scene for the last few years. He hasn’t competed in WSOP, Poker Night in America, or WPT events in quite some time.

Many poker fans have speculated about his disappearance, some going so far as to suggest he’s broke and in hiding. But apparently he’s just been busy playing with the high-stakes money games in Macau and other places around the world.

Prior to his death from the US poker scene, Durrrr was a regular online poker shows, such as Poker After Dark, from 2009 to 2013. Poker lovers enjoyed his aggressive style of play and ability to pull the trigger on some sick bluffs.

Already a sensation amongst people who watched high-stakes online games on Full Tilt, Durrrr made his debut TV appearance on Poker After Dark in May 2009. A the moment, he was considered by many the best internet poker player in the world. Dwan appeared on five additional episodes that year, and also competed in the show’s finale in 2011.

PAD, Live for First Time

Previous Poker After Dark episodes were taped and edited, but the return series will broadcast live on PokerGO. Ali Nejad will return as commentator. He is going to be joined by Nick Schulman at the booth, making it the first time that Nejad has had a co-host on PAD with whom he can banter.

The air duo has worked together before, commentating on WSOP events and the Aria Super High Roller Bowl. Nejad, in his previous role as a Poker After Dark announcer, allowed the players to be the main voices of the series.

After a six-year hiatus, a series poker fans everywhere adored is finally back.

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