On May 3rd, 2009, with eleven WSOP bracelet, poker pro Phil Hellmuth is considered by a lot of people as one of the best poker players in the world. But that does not stop his critics from saying he cannot effectively compete in the big cash poker games. Over the next 2 weeks, Hellmuth's critics and supporters will have the opportunity to watch the "Poker Brat" in action as he participate in the $200 -$400 poker event against 5 other players on NBC's Poker After Dark.
The minimum buy-in cost for the show is $100,000. The two week poker event, entitled "The Hellmuth Bash", will also showcase Tom Dwan, Kenny Tran, Phil Laak, Antonio Esfandiari and amateur poker player Bob Safai. This is the first time in the history of Poker After Dark that a cash poker game will be featured for two weeks. The widely known poker show also announced that it would have the participants redraw sitting arrangements midway through the event so that viewers could see players adjust to various positions.
Tom Dwan, more commonly known as "durrr" in online poker events, is a money game specialist. Dwan competes at the highest levels online but has shown his immense talent to live poker games. In his first World Series event in 2008, Dwan made it to two final tables. Phil Laak and Antonio Esfandiari, often paired together in TV cash games, are well-known for their banter and endless prop wager.
The pair regularly participates in high-level cash games. Tran, the champion of the 2008 heads-up bracelet event at the World Series of Poker, is not modest when it comes to his skills. Nicknamed "Sick Call", he is not afraid to let his instincts loose in the game.
Safai is considered as a strong amateur poker player and has played in numerous high stakes games. He has previously participated on High Stakes Poker on Game Show Network. New episodes of Poker After Dark will debut at 2:05 a.m. on NBC during the week and at 1:00 a.m. after SNL (Saturday Night Live).