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Back by popular demand, Season 2 of NBC's Poker After Dark debuted last night with a new edition of "Champions Week."

A surprise hit last season given the 2 a.m. time slot, the Poker After Dark format will remain the same this year with six of the best poker players in the world squaring off in $120,000 winner-take-all freezeouts.

Each of the matches are pre-taped and air in segments Monday-Friday at 2:05 a.m., with a "Director's Cut," featuring host Shana Hiatt and a behind-the-scenes look at the week airing Saturdays after Saturday Night Live.

One of the more popular shows from last seaso was Champions Week, featuring six players who have each won the World Series of Poker Main Event.

So kicking off Season 2, they've gone back to the champs but with some new blood added.

Last year's champ of champs was Johnny Chan, who beat Doyle Brunson, Jamie Gold, Chris "Jesus" Ferguson, Chris Moneymaker and Carlos Mortensen for the $120,000.

Chan, Brunson, and Gold all return, but now face Huck Seed, Greg Raymer and Joe Hachem.

The first segment of the never-seen-before match hit the air last night, and the rest will air every night this week until the wrap-up Saturday.

Each of the match's segments can also be viewed daily at www.nbcsports.com/poker.

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