PartyPoker Late Night Poker Line-Up Confirmed Return of the Original Poker TV Show

    GIBRALTAR, Oct. 16 /CNW/ - PartyPoker Late Night Poker makes its annual
return to screens on Channel 4 in the UK and Ireland early next year but
filming gets underway in Cardiff on the 23rd October, with the final on the
27th. After a number of different formats over recent years the tournament
goes back to the format of 1999-2002, with an emphasis on player personalities
that have made the tournament so compelling over the years.
    Joining familiar Late Night Poker personalities and champions such as
Dave "The Devilfish" Ulliott, the Hendon Mob, Padraig Parkinson, Donnacha
O'Dea, Marcel Luske and Simon Trumper will be some of most talked about
players on the scene. Controversial 2006 WSOP Main Event Champion Jamie Gold
is flying in from the US to take part and is the winner of the richest poker
event ever, taking home US$12 million. Also recently added to the line-up is
WSOP Europe Main Event winner Annette Obrestad, Roland De Wolfe, Robert
Williamson III, Jen Mason and Jon Kalmar.
    Adding to an already international flavour, there is also two wildcards
who are recent converts to the game. Holland's Maud Mulder is famous in her
homeland for finishing second in the original Pop Idol series, has had hit
chart records but also won the very first major poker tournament she played in
spectacular style. Joining Maud is Agnieszka Rylik, a top television
journalist from Poland who has prepared for her battle with the pros by
heading to Las Vegas for coaching sessions with Mike Sexton.
    A PartyPoker spokesman said: "We're happy so many of the old faces are
back and are pleased with the line-up. There is also going to be a celebrity
special table filmed the same day as the final - details of which will be
released in the near future."
    With PartyPoker Late Night Poker harking back to its original format, the
way the action is actually going to be filmed for television is going change
this year and flashbacks to previous series' will feature.
    Rob Thomas, producer of Late Night Poker for production company
Presentable said: "The convention for every poker show these days is to show
all the player's cards as soon as they enter a pot. When Late Night Poker
started, the style was very different. Player's cards were revealed at
appropriate moments during the hand to create more drama as the hand
progressed. Twice in each show we will see the hand from one player's
perspective. We'll only see their particular hole cards which gives the viewer
a different perspective as the hand develops. TV poker is about creating drama
and tension and, in these instances, the commentators will have great fun
guessing what the opponent might be holding, and then there's the excitement
of the "reveal" moment at the end of the hand. We believe this will enhance
the viewer's enjoyment."

    Late Night Poker revolutionised people's perception of poker when the
tournament was first broadcast on Channel 4 in 1999 and was the first to use
under the table cameras. The total prize pool for 2007 is US$335,000
(US$90,000 added by PartyPoker) with US$125,000 going to the eventual winner.
There will be 49 players paying a US$5000 buy-in with seven heats featuring
seven players, followed by a semi final and a final. The field will also
feature ten online qualifiers who won their seats in exclusive online
tournaments on PartyPoker.
    Coverage of the tournament will be filmed by Presentable and will be
presented by Vicky Coren, with Thomas Kremser the Tournament Director.
Presentable also produced the coverage of the successful PartyPoker Poker
Nations Cup earlier this year.

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