Late Night Poker returns to British TV

Devilfish, winner of Late Night Poker's first season.

The original hole-cam poker show will take yet another televised turn in the U.K. and Ireland, after playing out October 23-28 in Cardiff, Wales.

When Channel 4's Late Night Poker appeared for the first time in 1999, it was the first TV show ever to make use of Henry Orenstein's patented hole-card camera that lets viewers see the players' hidden cards.

The show marked the tipping point of what was to become the ongoing poker explosion. The first winner of Late Night Poker was David Ulliott.

Since the 1999-2002 series, the show has used a variety of setups to convey the action at the tables. For the 2007 season, Late Night Poker will return to its original format, which reaped widespread success by highlighting player personalities.

While anticipation runs high among the show's promoters, it is tempered with sadness at the untimely death of Rob Gardner, producer of the very first Late Night Poker tournament.

A PartyPoker spokesman said: "The emphasis on the old faces is even more poignant with the recent news that the coverage's original producer Rob Gardner has tragically passed away at the age of just 36. Rob's contribution to the rise of televised poker and getting Late Night Poker on our screens was massive and his pioneering work leaves a huge legacy. He will be sorely missed, not only by those [who knew] him but by the poker industry as a whole."

The field will range from veterans to hot young guns as well as a limited number of online qualifiers, all vying for a total prize pool of $335,000, of which the winner will take $125,000. PartyPoker will reveal which big-name players are to compete within the next few weeks.

Be sure to head to PartyPoker for the online qualifiers that are already underway, with buy-ins starting at $1. A $320 direct satellite runs every Monday night.

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