Thoughts on Poker After Dark

I’ve watched the first two episodes featuring Cole, Taylor and David.  Other than HSP and a select few WPT/WSOP episodes that my friends were on, this is pretty much the first poker I’ve watched on TV in years.  I just can’t sit there and watch ESPN’s dumbed down 1 hour coverage.  It isn’t interesting unless I know someone at the table.  Same with the WPT.  Both of the shows did so little to innovate their coverage I think they bored their audiences to death with the exact same thing over and over.  Which is why the WPT is failing and the WSOP has seen mostly declining ratings.  But I am digressing.  Anyway, I watched the first two PAD episodes because I somewhat know all three of those guys.  At least, I’ve met and chatted with all of them at some point.  I wouldn’t say I’m good friends with any of them, but I read Taylor and Raptor’s blogs and they kept talking about it, so I figured I should watch it.

My thoughts:

  1. I’m loving that they’re calling him “Raptor Benefield”.  I actually LOLed for a solid fifteen seconds when the announcer said that the first time.  Someone should explain to the announcer that it is acceptable to call him “David Benefield”, “David” or simply “Raptor”.  Not “Raptor Benefield”.  That’s just retarded.
  2. I was LOVING cts’ own on Doyle when Doyle was like “haven’t we played together before” and Cole got this quizzical look on his face and was like “maybe in a tournament sometime“?  God that was awesome.  When Doyle asks that question to 99% of poker players, he either gets a “no” or a “yea we played together in event #22 of the 2007 WSOP when I was in Seat 2 and you were in Seat 5.  We played three hands together and I won all three.  It was the highlight of my poker playing career.”  Or something like that.  He had to have been shocked when cts said that.
  3. Raptor is a really sick player.  I know I’m judging him on two episodes of TV poker, but I think I really under-rate the guy in my mind.  I often think of him as like durrrr jr just because they owned that place in Texas together.  I never think of him like a real nosebleed sicko even though I probably should.  He’s definitely earned it with his results.  I mean… he’s no Phil Ivey, but his live table presence and decisions have really impressed me thus far this week.
  4. I don’t know how many of you watch Flight of the Conchords, but one of the recent episodes was “Murray Takes It To the Next Level”.  I won’t write about the episode, but one part was that Murray’s friend “Jim” was that guy who asks like 18 billion questions.  Like a string of 25 questions each getting like <5 word answers.  I’ve determined Cole South is a Jim.  Just to be clear: NOTHING wrong with that.  I think cts is one of the nicest people I’ve met in poker.  But damn he asks a lot of questions.  He basically asks the whole table how they got started, their favorite colors, their favorite dish soap, which movies they like, etc.  Okay, I might have exaggerated a little there, but not a lot.
  5. Poor Gabe Kaplan.

Good first two episodes.  I’ll be checking out the rest of them as the week goes on.

3 thoughts on “Thoughts on Poker After Dark

  1. gadzooks64

    This week is leagues ahead of last week’s show. Those guys were painful to watch.

    The cash game is definitely a better format to watch than tournament. I really miss Live at the Bike and I’m convinced that somebody could profitably make a mainstream show like that.

    The FTP Million Dollar Cash Game shows that have aired in Europe are also very entertaining.

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