Late Night Poker Set To Make A Comeback
Late Night Poker could be making a TV comeback if Rob Yong has his way...
Late Night Poker, the show that helped to launch a new generation of players in the UK enthralled with the antics of the “Devilfish” and the original “Hendon Mob”, could be making a TV comeback if Rob Yong has his way...
I have asked Simon Trumper to bring back a version of Late Night Poker at DTD in 2022.— Rob Yong (@rob_yong_) January 13, 2022
Mix of golden oldies, places for qualifiers & perhaps couple of wizards, stream each heat on new DTD TV set up.
Which players would you like to be invited ? KTF Rob 🙏 pic.twitter.com/qT22RX1lh1
Yong, the owner of the Dusk Till Dawn cardroom in Nottingham, was soon inundated with a list of who the fans and players want to see in the reboot of the hugely popular show.
Irish pro Padraig Parkinson, who scooped the £50,000 top prize for winning season 5 of LNP tweeted out his old-school wishlist, which included Tony G, Phil Hellmuth, Daniel Negreanu, Jennifer Tilly and Victoria Coren Mitchell...
@JohnnyDuthie @VictoriaCoren @JenniferTilly @rob_yong_ @Dusk_Till_Dawn_ The Mob,@TonyGuoga,@ScurrilousMay .@bruno_fitoussi ,Kev OConnell,@phil_hellmuth @RealKidPoker ,@melissalvla ,DonODea,Robert Cohen,Peter The Bandit,lots of fallen friends,The Pink Lady,for a start.— Padraig Parkinson (@padraigpoker) January 13, 2022
For many, the ultimate Late Night Poker icon was Dave “Devilfish” Ulliott, who won the inaugural LNP season 1 title way back in 1999. A former career criminal, the “Devilfish” went on to bag WSOP and WPT titles and become a firm fan favourite, but sadly passed away in 2015.
Yong tweeted: “Sadly - the Devil can’t make it but he has a bar at the club named after him - I’m sure he be propping that up in spirit.”
Simon Trumper, who has been tasked with bringing Late Night Poker back to our TV screens, won season two and finished runner-up in season four. He went on to commentate alongside Jesse May on the LNP spin-off series Late Night Poker Ace.
The shows were a mainstay of Channel 4’s early output in the UK, and utilised the “hole card cam” invented by Henry Orenstein – the prolific inventor recently passing away aged 98.
The hole card cam allowed fans to see the players’ cards as they followed the often-intense poker games, with Late Night Poker promoting the “underground” feel of seedy and smoky backroom action.
There is still plenty of time to offer up your own suggestions of who should – and shouldn’t! – be invited onto the remake, so feel free to fill our social media with your favourites!