Shown on Channel 4
's excellent 4Later
Hardcore poker players
from all around the world come to the table to compete for a place in the Grand Final
Every sitting at the table costs each entrant £4000 sterling, with jackpots
on the table reaching sums of three thousand plus pounds at times.
This is real money
. No monopoly
The unique thing about late night poker
is that every player has a camera
mounted beneath their spot on the table, allowing the public
to see their hands, so you can tell who is bluffing
who. The game they play is called Texas Hold 'em
, so this allows up to 5 public cards to be displayed to everyone at the table, with each player having 2 private cards in order to make up the best hand
of 5 out of the 7. Betting takes place on the next card to come from the "flop
", which is when the dealer deals the first three public cards. The private cards are dealt first.
This type of poker combined with the cameras makes for some of the best television you will see these days. You can see these guys actually trying to bore
into the other players eyes to see who is bluffing. The bluffing that happens is serious, and really good to watch.
Some players are so good that just before the hand is over, they try and guess the other players two cards
. You would be surprised how accurate these guys can be.
Some of the players who appear on the show are Sir Clive Sinclair
, the actor Ross Boatman
(who appeared in Patrick Marber
's West End
play "Dealers Choice
"), Simon Trumpe
, and Dave "DevilFish" Ulliot
, from Hull
in the UK
, last years champion of Late Night Poker
Commentry is provided by Jesse May
and Nic Szeremeta
, who's banter greatly adds to the atmosphere
of the show.