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New Week on Poker After Dark

Phil Laak Returns for Revenge After Losing Heads Up Last Week, and Two Ladies Join the Table


After losing a heads-up battle against Shawn Sheikhan, Phil "The Unibomber" Laak shakes off his loss during Rivals Week to play in this week's Poker After Dark.

Phil LaakDavid Williams

Along with Laak is another wild card and Poker After Dark first-timer, David Williams. Williams might be best known for his second-place finishes both at the 2004 World Series of Poker main event and at the 2004 World Poker Tour Borgata Poker Open. Players at this $20,000 buy-in sixhanded invitational tournament will not make the mistake of taking him too lightly. He won his first WSOP bracelet in 2006 (in a seven-card stud event) and also took down a no-limit hold'em event at the Bellagio Cup III this summer, so he's no longer in the midst of his second-place curseJohn Juanda.Andy Bloch

Also at the table are John Juanda and Andy Bloch, both of whom are known for playing very aggressively. Juanda has pulled off bluffs that many players could never dream of making by trusting his spot-on instincts, while Bloch uses a more mathematical approach, which also helped him during his time as a member of the MIT blackjack team.

The two women at the table, Clonie Gowen and Annie Duke, provide a change of pace after the past few weeks of all-male fields. Duke is a WSOP-bracelet winner and second on the women's all-time money list. Gowen is known for her poker skill and beauty as she recently graced the pages of Maxim magazine.

Annie DukeClonie Gowen

Gowen, Laak, and Juanda are looking to win the $120,000 first-place prize and join the currently one-person club of those who have won two Poker After Dark titles. (Howard Lederer is the only member, as of yet.)

This week's tournament premiered early this morning, but with four segments left, there is plenty of action to tune in for. 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.



15 years ago

I like this show, it's fun.


15 years ago

I do to. I think Juanda is the best player in this group.