After leaving the station last week, the Poker After Dark train picked up more speed this week. Three high stakes sit and go sessions pitted some of the world’s best players against some of poker’s loudest talkers in $25,000 buy-in winner-take-all events. Each night’s action was fast and furious, with three different players and personalities navigating their way to the Poker After Dark winner’s circle.
The first “Voices Carry” sit and go of the week lived up to the name, with “The King of Speech Play” William Kassouf and Mike “The Mouth” Matusow driving the conversation and their table mates a little crazy. Both of those loud mouths couldn’t find their way to heads up play though, as it was Matt Berkey and PokerGO commentator Nick Schulman vying for the $150,000 payout and the first SNG title of the week. Berkey overcame a sizable chip deficit, proving again that he isn’t actually Dead Money in big buy-in events.
The second night of action didn’t exactly fit with the “Voices Carry” theme, as the table was much calmer than the night before, but it did place some of the world’s best players at the same table. Schulman and Berkey returned, while 2015 Super High Roller Bowl champion Brian Rast, Jason Koon, Scott Seiver and WSOP Main Event final tablist Ben Lamb made their Poker After Dark debuts. In the end, there would be no repeat for Berkey but there was a second-straight runner-up finish for Schulman, while Lamb padded his wedding budget with the victory.
The “Voices Carry” finale saw more table talk and more debuts, with Hollywood producer Randall Emmett entertaining from start to finish. A few rounds of shots later, Emmett had outlasted two-time bracelet winner Greg Mueller and high stakes specialist Jason Koon, while British professional Liv Boeree won the last longer against Igor Kurganov and then ran hot heads up against Emmett to close her Poker After Dark debut in the winner’s circle.
To relive all the “Voices Carry” action, watch event replays exclusively in PokerGO’s on-demand library and be sure to stay tuned for more new episodes of Poker After Dark, when the series returns early next month.