Sick lineup for Poker After Dark cash game

Ilari Sahamies
Ziigmund looks to crash PAD.

If you practice good table selection, the cash game on NBC's Poker After Dark this week is the last place on earth you'd want to be.

With Tom "durrrr" Dwan, Phil Ivey, Patrik Antonius, Ilari "Ziigmund" Sahamies, Eli Elezra and Howard Lederer all dumping down the $100,000 minimum buy-in, this year's game should be one for the ages.

Players will find themselves confronted with $200/$400 blinds and a $100 ante to start, which should help produce a number of awe-inspiring monster pots.

This marks the second year that NBC has aired two weeks of cash game episodes on Poker After Dark.

Just like last year, players will draw for seats, but then redraw half-way through the game to give viewers a different table dynamic.

This is the first year that Finnish cash-game maniac Ziigmund will be making an appearance. Sahamies is renowned for his Pot-Limit Omaha skills, relentless aggression and some of the best trash talk on the Internet.

Unfortunately, he hasn't exactly lit the world of TV cash-game poker on fire. Earlier this year he appeared on GSN's High Stakes Poker, but was fairly quiet, allowing durrrr to steal the show by winning hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Dwan could very well duplicate that effort on Poker After Dark, but it will be tough as the other players at the table are likely no strangers to poker fans.

Ivey is on the biggest heater of his life after winning two 2009 WSOP bracelets over the summer and a seat at the Main Event final table.

Antonius is having a banner year online with nearly $4 million in profits and he'll look to keep that streak going on the live tables.

Meanwhile, Elezra has as much gamble as anyone and will be doing his best to get all of his chips in the middle.

Finally, Lederer brings a lifetime of cash game experience to the table and the man they call the "Professor" will be surely looking to school some of the young upstarts in the game.

The program begins airing on NBC tonight (Sept. 7) and can be seen for five consecutive nights in the late night time slot of 2:05 a.m.

There is also special director's cut episode to air at 1 a.m. Saturday. The show can be seen in the same time slot next week as well.

Check your local listings for more information.

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