Late Night Poker


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Late Night Poker

Late Night Poker logo
FormatPoker on television
Created byPresentable
StarringJesse May
Nic Szeremeta
Barny Boatman
Lucy Rokach
Victoria Coren
Gary Jones
Richard Orford
Country of originGreat Britain
Running time60-90 mins
Original channelChannel 4
Original run17 July 1999 – present
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Late Night Poker is the pioneering television show that helped pave the way for the explosion of interest in poker in the 2000s. With its ground breaking use of 'under the table' cameras that enabled the viewer to see each player's cards, the show became a cult hit on Channel 4 UK when it first aired in 1999.

The show originally ran for 6 series between 1999 and 2002. After a couple of spin-off series, Late Night Poker Ace and Late Night Poker Masters, it returned to our screens in 2008. The 10th series of Late Night Poker is currently airing on Channel 4.

Late Night Poker 2011

The series returns to Channel 4 for its 10th series in 2011. Sponsored by Gala Coral Group, 32 players will compete for the $150,000 first prize. Commentary on the series is provided by two of the UK's top poker professionals, Victoria Coren and James Akenhead.

Some of the top players in action are Luke Schwartz, Roberto Romanello, Vanessa Selbst, Jake Cody, James Bord and Liv Boeree. The field contains 5 former Late Night Poker champions, Dave Ulliott aka Devilfish, Simon Trumper, Padraig Parkinson, Peter Costa and John Duthie.

The series is broadcast on Monday nights around midnight from October 3, 2011.


Back in 1999, Cardiff based TV production company Presentable approached Channel 4 with the idea of producing a TV series in the form of a poker tournament. At the time, poker had never been shown on UK TV. Channel 4 commissioned the series and Late Night Poker was born.

The first series aired in July 1999 and very quickly built a cult audience. Viewers were captivated by the dark, smoky, intimate studio atmosphere and the quirky characters of the professional poker players sat around the table. The variation of poker they were playing was No Limit Texas Hold'Em, a variation relatively unknown in the UK at the time.

Best usa online casinos that payout. The first series was won by Dave Ulliott who became the UK's first poker celebrity. Other players who became regulars on the series included Series 2 winner, Simon Trumper, Surinder Sunar, Liam Flood, Dave Colclough, Kourosh and the 4 players known collectively as the Hendon Mob, Joe Beevers, Barny Boatman, Ross Boatman and Ram Vaswani.

A celebrity version of the show was produced on 12 October 2000, featuring (in finishing order from 1st to 7th place) Anthony Holden, Al Alvarez, Martin Amis, Victoria Coren, Patrick Marber, Stephen Fry and Ricky Gervais. This led into the creation of spin-off series Celebrity Poker Club on Challenge in 2003.

Late Night Poker ran for 6 series from 1999 until 2002. A couple of spin-off series, Late Night Poker Ace and Late Night Poker Masters were aired between 2005 and 2007. In 2008, Late Night Poker returned for its 7th series and has continued annually since then.


An integral part of the series are the Tournament Referee and dealers. From the very start of Late Night Poker,experienced referee, Austrian Thomas Kremser has presided over the action. In the early series he was accompanied by dealers Marina Kremser and Peter Schmid.

The commentary on Late Night Poker has at times created as much interest as the action on the table. In the first few series, the commentators were Jesse May and Nic Szeremeta. Jesse actually appeared in the first series as a player under the pseudonym 'Mickey Dane'.

Other commentators in the series have included Barny Boatman, Lucy Rokach, Victoria Coren, Gary Jones and Richard Orford. For the 10th series, the commentators are Victoria Coren and James Akenhead.


In the 10th series, there are 4 heats of 8 players with the players finishing 1st and 2nd in each heat qualifying for the final. The winners of each heat start the final with 50,000 in chips, the runners-up start with 30,000 in chips. Each of the heats and final is shown across 2x 60 minute programmes - 10 programmes in total.

Most of the previous series of Late Night Poker consist of 9 programmes - 7 heats, one semi-final, and the final. Each heat has 7 players. The 7 winners of the heats progress straight to the final, and the runners-up go to the semi-final, where one additional player progresses, for a final table of 8 players.

(NB: The first series featured 5 heats, with the players finishing 1st and 2nd in each progressing to the final. The players who qualified by finishing first in their heat started the final with twice as many chips as the heat runner-ups.)

Although the precise sums of money involved have varied, the typical buy-in has been in the region of £1,500, with a first prize of between £40,000 and £60,000. In recent years, the buy-in has considerably increased. In the 10th series, the buy-in is $10,000 creating a prize pot of $320,000 with the winner banking $150,000.

Under-the-table cameras

Late Night Poker's success is largely attributable to its 'under-the-table' cameras (later known as hole cams) which allow the viewers and commentators to see the players' cards through the transparent table. It is doubtful poker could succeed as a spectator sport otherwise, and American broadcasters have subsequently used a similar technique in programmes such as World Poker Tour.

Nevertheless, in contrast to most Poker shows, in its early series, Late Night Poker tended to use these cameras in a rather minimalist way. For example, in a two-way pot, often only one player's cards are shown, with the commentators trying to infer from the other player's actions what cards he or she holds, and how the first player should act. Because of this, the commentary often mirrors the actual decision-making process of a Poker player. Only late in the hand, at the time of a critical decision, would the other player's cards be shown, possibly revealing a startling bluff or an unexpectedly strong hand.


The original 6 series of Late Night Poker did not have a sponsor. However, with the creation of online poker came online poker companies and sponsored players. By the mid 2000's most TV poker shows were sponsored by one of these online companies.

The Late Night Poker spin off series, Late Night Poker Ace and Late Night Poker Masters and Series 7 of Late Night Poker were sponsored by PartyPoker. Series 8 and 9 of Late Night Poker were sponsored by Full Tilt Poker. Series 10 is sponsored by Coral.

Series finalists

SeasonWinnerPrizeRunner-Up3rd place
1Dave Ulliott£40,000Peter EvansDave Welch
2Simon Trumper£40,000Ross BoatmanRam Vaswani
3Phil Hellmuth, Jr.£45,000Adam HellerPaul Alterman
4Hemish Shah£50,000Simon TrumperBarny Boatman
5Padraig Parkinson£50,000Korosh NejadJoe Beevers
6Peter Costa£60,000Jin Cai LinLucy Rokach
Ace 1John Shaw£50,000Hung LucMiles Adam
Ace 2Raul Mestre$50,000Simon EhneMichiel Van Woerden
MastersDavid Tighe$100,000Simon EhneBarny Boatman
2008Andreas Jorbeck$125,000Roland De WolfeAndy Black
2009Huck Seed$200,000Gus HansenAnnette Obrestad
2010John Duthie$200,000Phil IveyCarlos Mortensen
2011Sam Holden$150,000Luke SchwartzRob Okell


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[1] Starting in 2011, a World Series of Poker bracelet was awarded to the WSOP Circuit National Champion.
Winners of Late Night Poker
  • 1.Dave Ulliott
  • 2.Simon Trumper
  • 3.Phil Hellmuth
  • 4.Hemish Shah
  • 5.Padraig Parkinson
  • 6.Peter Costa
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