Poker After Dark is an hour-long poker television program on NBC. The show made its debut on January 1, 2007,and was canceled on December 3, 2011, following the “Black Friday” criminal case, which involved major sponsor Full Tilt Poker as one of the defendants. For its first two seasons, both of which originally aired in 2007, the show was presented by Shana Hiatt. The host for season 3 was Marianela Pereyra, and Leeann Tweeden took over starting with season 4. All seasons have contained voice-over commentary by Oliver “Ali” Nejad. The program returned to American television on NBCSN on March 5, 2012, with previously aired repeats. Soon after, unaired episodes from season 7 began airing for the first time, beginning June 4, 2012. NBCSN schedules the show on weeknights at midnight, although the start time varies due to overruns by sporting events. In August 2017, Poker After Dark returned hosted by PokerGO, a subscription based service for original poker content. The series saw the return of Tom Dwan who had been absent for some years from the public eye, along with Daniel Negreanu and Antonio Esfandiari. The Poker After Dark format featured an “intimate look at one table as it develops over the week.”Blinds start at $100/$200 and slowly escalate. Commentator Ali Nejad’s commentary is limited, allowing viewers to hear much of the table talk among the players, all of whom are mic’ed. (The table talk occasionally reveals that the “week-long” series is taped in one long session.) The series was originally structured as a series of week-long No Limit Texas hold ’em mini-tournaments for six top poker professionals. Each week the players vied for a $120,000 winner-takes-all prize pool, with each paying a $20,000 buy-in. By the end of the fifth show, a winner is determined. The sixth show was a “director’s cut” that includes excerpts from the action from the previous five days, interspersed with talking heads commentary from the participants. Beginning with Season 4, the producers began to experiment with different formats, including no-limit cash games, and a double-elimination Heads Up battle between the first 4 winners of the National Heads-Up Poker Championship. Also, Seasons 3, 4 and 5 had a “Dream Table,” pitting an amateur against five pros.