NBC’s Poker After Dark will be premiering two weeks of new episodes starting tonight, with a $150K minimum buy-in for the six players.
The six players are Greg “FBT” Mueller, Howard Lederer, Eli Elezra, Phil Laak, David “Viffer” Peat and Olivier Busquet.
The players must all buy in for at least $150,000 and can put more on the table, in the $300-$600 cash game with $100 antes.
This is the second installment of new episodes for the current season of PAD, but the first cash game. The first week of episodes, shown in January, was a $100K buy-in winner-take-all tournament featuring John Juanda, Erick Lindgren, Phil Galfond, Huck Seed, Tom Dwan and Phil Ivey. Seed won the tournament.
Here’s a quick look at each player in this week’s cash game:
Greg “FBT” Mueller: The Full-Tilt sponsored pro is a former professional hockey player who has won a pair of World Series of Poker bracelets, both in limit hold’em in 2009. He has more than $1.8 million in live tournament earnings. This will be Mueller’s first appearance on PAD.
Howard Lederer: A regular on PAD (14 appearances), Lederer is a Full Tilt pro. “The Professor” has won a pair of WSOP bracelets and two World Poker Tour titles. He’s posted wins in the PAD SnGs on four occasions, in seasons 1, 2, 5 and 6.
Eli Elezra: The high-stakes cash-game regular will be making his eighth appearance on PAD. Despite being best known as a live cash player, he has also won a WSOP bracelet and a WPT title.
Phil Laak: Laak is making his 11th PAD appearance, and has twice won tournaments on the show. He has won a WSOP Europe and WPT titles in his career, although he is as famous for his antics, his trademark hoodie and girlfriend Jennifer Tilly as he is for his poker playing.
David “Viffer” Peat: Best known as a live cash player like Elezra, Peat is making his sixth apperance on PAD. After often being a fill-in player on PAD in the past (joining the table after someone leaves or busts), Peat has apparently been promoted to leading status on the show, getting the seat from the start.
Olivier Busquet: Busquet is another PAD rookie, although he is not new to the poker scene, with a WPT title and more than $2 million in live tourney earnings to his credit. He’s also a solid online player under the handle “livb112” on Full Tilt.