The sudden death of the former Late Night Poker producer, Rob Gardner, left many involved in the UK poker scene reeling. Now the programme is set to return once again later this year as many pay tribute to Rob.
Late Night Poker is often referred to as the place where it all began for many UK poker players. Certainly many of todays most famous names cut their teeth at the smoky Channel 4 studios in the late nineties and early into the new millennium.
The show is returning once again this year and things look set to be bigger and better than ever before. The total prize pool for 2007 is $335,000 with $125,000 going to the eventual winner. There will be 49 players paying a $5000 buy-in with seven heats featuring seven players, followed by a semi final and a final. Along with the old faces a number of poker's hot young guns will take part as well as a limited number of online qualifiers.
Online qualification for Late Night Poker is available at PartyPoker. Every Monday night at 20:25 GMT (15:25 ET) PartyPoker gives players the chance to become a TV poker star in the show. The buy-in is $300 + $20 with one in 25 players winning a $7,500 package to Cardiff that includes a stay at a five star hotel and $800 spending money. If the direct buy-in is a little rich for your tastes then try the super satellites which start from just $1.
The well regarded Presentable will be filming Late Night Poker and Vicky Coren will be providing commentary. Regular viewers will recognise Thomas Kremser as the tournament director.
Announcing the very welcome return of Late Night Poker has been overshadowed by the news that Rob Gardner, who produced the coverage of the very first tournament, has recently tragically passed away.
A PartyPoker spokesman said: "The emphasis on the old faces is even more poignant with the recent news that the coverage's original producer Rob Gardner has tragically passed away at the age of just 36. Rob's contribution to the rise of televised poker and getting Late Night Poker on our screens was massive and his pioneering work leaves a huge legacy. He will be sorely missed, not only by those that know him but by the poker industry as a whole."
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