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Rivals Week on Poker After Dark

A Few of the Most Famous Enemies Get a Chance to Settle it on the Felt


Since poker has been on television, audiences all over the world have seen some of the most respected poker pros lose their cool or conflict with another player. This week on Poker After Dark, infamous rivals will settle the score in one $20,000 buy-in no-limit hold'em winner-take-all tournament.

Mike MatusowPhil HellmuthShawn Sheikhan

Those who tuned in to the 2005 World Series of Poker remember the banter between Mike "The Mouth" Matusow and Shawn Sheikhan that got them into trouble. The threat of a penalty from which each player would have to miss hands during the richest tournament to date could not stop their urge to fight with one another. Both will be featured at the table.

Like Matusow, Phil "The Poker Brat" Hellmuth rivals nearly everyone he plays with. Hellmuth constantly calls himself the greatest no-limit hold'em player in the world, which sits well with neither Matusow nor Daniel Negreanu, who will also be at the table.

A more friendly conflict resides between good friends Antonio "The Magician" Esfandiari and Phil "The Unibomber" Laak. Last season on Poker After Dark, Laak beat Esfandiari heads up and said that taking money from him is sweeter than from anyone else. Esfandiari is looking to even up the score.

Daniel NegreanuAntonio EsfandiariPhil Laak

This week's Poker After Dark is shown on NBC every morning at 2:05 a.m. PT from Tuesday to Saturday. A special "Director's Cut" episode recaps the action and airs Sunday morning at 1 a.m. PT. For more Poker on TV listings from Card Player, click here.



14 years ago

this week should be very interesting. I hope The Mouth knocks out Sheiky