After nearly a month of waiting, Poker After Dark returned this week. Three days of cash game action was streamed exclusively on PokerGO and while the $200/$400 No Limit Hold’em sessions had a $100,000 minimum buy-in, that number never seemed to really matter. Each night’s game boasted big name players and the action seemed to get bigger and bigger, culminating with Wednesday’s massive “The Return of Tom Dwan” finale.
Tom “Durrrr” Dwan’s return to televised poker headlined all three days of Poker After Dark action and the high stakes legend wasted no time getting into the action. On Monday night, Dwan beat Antonio Esfandiari in an over $700,000 pot, thanks to an aces versus kings cooler, and while he ended up as the session’s biggest winner, Daniel Negreanu and Jean-Robert Bellande were also in the thick of the action.
JRB was front and center on Instagram throughout the debut of Poker After Dark. The high stakes regular was laughing and engaging with his fans and his counterparts at the table but during the second session, he was coolered by Dwan, pictured above, for one of the bigger pots of the night. That set-over-set encounter was one of the main reasons Dwan nearly finished with a seven-figure stack, which was the kind of arsenal Andrew Robl brought with him when he joined the action on Tuesday night.
Robl, pictured above, kept himself near that mark throughout his debut session and opened Wednesday’s finale with another $1 million starting stack. By night’s end, the online prodigy turned high stakes crusher had run his stack up near $1.6 million but Robl wasn’t the only big winner. Matthew Kirk joined the lineup to replace Doyle Brunson and after cracking aces, “Aussie Matt” booked one of the biggest wins thus far on PAD and finished just shy of his own $1 million chip stack.
In total, around $8 million was on the table through the first three days of Poker After Dark’s highly anticipated return. To relive all the action, watch event replays exclusively in PokerGO’s on-demand library and be sure to stay tuned for more new episodes of Poker After Dark streaming next week.