Two new players debut on Poker After Dark

Gavin Smith
Birdguts will bring his aggressive play to Poker After Dark next week.

David Oppenheim and Gavin Smith will make their first appearances on Poker After Dark as the NBC show continues with a new set of players next week.

David Oppenheim has been playing professionally for about 15 years and is considered to be one of the best Limit high-stakes cash game players. He hasn't made as big an impression on the tournament world yet, with his best finishes a third place in a 2007 World Series of Poker event and third at the World poker Tour Borgata Poker Open in 2003.

Gavin Smith has proclaimed himself the "wild card" at the tables because of his aggressive nature. His style has resulted in a WPT win as well as more than $3.7 million in tournament cashes over the years.

Oppenheim and Smith will be joined at the tables by Doyle Brunson, Phil Ivey, Daniel Negreanu and Erick Lindgren. With such poker heavyweights at the table, you'd think there would be some pretty serious poker talk.

According to a press release from the show, though, golf seemed to be on the forefront of the players' minds.

"This week's match at NBC's Poker After Dark is sure to capture the attention of poker fans everywhere, but maybe even more so to those who also enjoy a day on the links whether they are a scratch golfer or a perennial hacker," said the press release.

"The banter at the table is largely golf-oriented, and the stories the players relate are amusing and entertaining.

There will still be some serious poker being played though as they compete for a winner-takes-all $120,000 prize. Ivey has already won two titles on the show, while Brunson and Negreanu each have one as well.

Lindgren may be looking to step up his game. He's been on the show three times already without a win.

The match begins airing Monday at 2:05 a.m. and will continue in that time slot through the rest of the work week with a recap airing Saturday after Saturday Night Live.

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