On June 12, 2007, due to popular demand from its viewers and good ratings from the previous season, Season 2 of NBC’s Poker After Dark debuted with a new part called “Champion’s Week”.
A surprise television blockbuster last season even with the 2:00 a.m. in the morning time slot, the Poker After Dark format will remain this season, with 6 of the top poker players in the world facing off against each other for the right to take home the first place prize of $120,000.
Each of the Poker Games is pre-taped and will air in episodes from Monday to Friday at 2:05 a.m. along with a director’s cut featuring poker host, Shana Hiatt, and a behind the scenes interview with players and behind the scenes features in the tournament which will be shown on Saturdays after Saturday Night Live.
The Champions Week will feature 6 players who have been past winners of the World Series of Poker Main Event. Last Season’s champion at the Champion’s Week was Johnny Chan who defeated Doyle Brunson, Jamie Gold, Chris Ferguson, Chris Moneymaker and Carlos Mortensen for the right to take home the $120,000 first place cash prize.
Chan, Brunson and Gold will return for the second season but they now have to face Huck Seed, Greg Raymer and Joe Hachem for the title. The first part of the tournament of the never before seen poker match was shown that day and the rest of it can be seen every night until Saturday.