“Moving Violations” week on Poker After Dark is one of the series’ most star-studded lineups since this past summer’s PokerGO reboot and Wednesday’s first cash game did not disappoint. The stars were involved in plenty of the action and antics that took place during the six-hour session, including the night’s biggest winner Antonio Esfandiari.
While Esfandiari may not be a Hollywood star, like his “Moving Violations” counterparts Jennifer Tilly, Don Cheadle, and Randall Emmett, there may not be a bigger Poker After Dark star than “The Magician.” For the last decade, Esfandiari has been a fan favorite, not only for his poker prowess, but his ability to entertain while performing at the highest levels.
That and more was on display, as Esfandiari played some of the night’s biggest pots, including this bluff against Jennifer Tilly.
As Don Cheadle joked, Tilly’s speech during and after the hand may have been good enough to win an Academy Award. Even though Tilly was pushed off her hand on that occasion, her spirits weren’t dampened and here stack climbed throughout the rest of the night.
While Esfandiari and Tilly were involved time and time again, Cheadle was relatively quiet in his Poker After Dark return. The Marvel star did play one sizable pot towards the end of the night though. Cheadle’s ace-king held to double and helped him finish in the black, which was not where Randall Emmett finished the night.
The Hollywood producer got off to a fast start, but was unable to maintain his speed through the rest of the “Moving Violations” opening session. Emmett, along with Tilly, Esfandiari, Cheadle, and the rest of the lineup will return for a second night of $50/$100 action, with that stream beginning at 6:00 PM ET.
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