Poker After Dark Season 4 in the can

Leeann Tweeden
Leeann Tweeden: PAD's new host.

Expect some big changes in the latest season of Poker After Dark. With multiple game structure variations being played, each episode should be epic.

In the first three seasons of PAD, each game was a six-player winner-takes-all freezeout. The latest season will include all of the following:

  • Double elimination heads-up battle between the 4 NBC Heads-Up Championship winners. Andy Black, Lee Watkinson, Dewey Tomko and Allen Cunningham, all of whom have made the final table at WSOP Main Events since 2001 but have not captured the title.
  • The "Brilliant Minds" match featuring Bill Chen, Chris Ferguson, Andy Bloch, Brandon Adams, Jimmy Warren and David Sklansky, all of whom are viewed as some of the game's best mathematicians.
  • "The Mayfair Club" will bring together players who were regulars at the legendary underground New York club: Dan Harrington, Mickey Appleman, Jay Heimowitz and Steve Zolotow, along with Mike Shichtman, the manager of the club during its heyday.
  • Finally there will be a "Nets vs. Vets" event. Three successful online players will team up against veteran pros and world champions. The online players are Tom "durrrr" Dwan, Brian "sbrugby" Townsend and Andrew "good2cu" Robl. They will compete against Doyle Brunson, Johnny Chan and Huck Seed.

Along with the new events and play, the "Speak Your Mind" segment will let you hear from poker authorities such as Phil Gordon, Gabe Kaplan, Cory Zeidman, Phil Hellmuth, Todd Brunson and David Grey.

To top it all off, PAD Season 4 introduces Leeann Tweeden as the new host. You might recognize her from her role as the host for the 2008 National Heads-Up Poker Championship.

The order for the events to be shown on TV has not yet been determined, but the first episode will go on the air during the week of July 4. Additional information on the upcoming season as it becomes available, as well as profiles of all the players will be available at www.nbcsports.msnbc.com/poker in the near future.

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