PLOker after Dark

Short-handed pot-limit Omaha brings variance to televised cash games

by , Apr 12, 2011 | 5:27 am

It’s PLO week on Poker after Dark, and thus the first new televised poker I’ve been excited to watch (on first run) in forever. Though I’m sure someone had to play a 4-card hand on ESPN in 2004, I can’t remember any PLO on TV since learning the definition of a “wrap” … and certainly not since the Pokerati game began introducing low-stakes players in Vegas to PLO (with run-it-twice!) a year-an-a-half ago.


PLO poker after dark

(L to R) Adams, Antonius, Ivey, Dwan, Hastings, Galfond

Hard to believe televising a short-handed cash game session of the second most popular poker game in the world — the one that has produced the biggest online pots in history — would prove “revolutionary” … but really, it is kinda historic; and that says something about the limits of creative innovation in the online poker infomercial biz.

But kudos to PAD for at least taking a peak outside the ’06-’09 box to embrace variance. Though I wouldn’t contend pot-limit Omaha and four-color decks are what will reinvigorate poker on TV … for a semi-regular PLO player who doesn’t necessarily dream of playing the game for $100k buy-ins but just wants to beat my friends once a week at 1/2, hearing about a different sector of hand possibilities almost feels fresh … and it’s always good-fun to see extra cards on the table:

plo on tv poker after dark nbc


  • http://www.ftrain.blogspot.com/ F-Train

    Fox Sports Net, Aussie Millions Cash Game 2009 (and maybe some other years). 2009 produced this memorable hand between Andrew Robl and Patrik Antonius:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nwvh3XKlC4g

  • Dan Michalski

    thanks ftrain! do you have any idea why they didn’t continue with the PLO? was it deemed not a success?

  • http://hardboiledpoker.blogspot.com/ Short-Stacked Shamus

    ESPN included PLO events in its coverage as late as 2007 ~~> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VeBVt-8wwo8

    I think they included PLO events every year from from ’04-’07.

  • Dan Michalski

    geesh .. you guys are really ruining the premise of my entire post here! i suppose, though, that 2007 was about the time poker on TV stopped interesting me on a must-see level.