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David Williams Wins 'Poker After Dark'

Monday, March 31, 2008
LOS ANGELES -- From NBC's Poker After Dark Web site - "A jam up - it's what happens when you get six of the world's best poker players gathered around the same table. Howard Lederer, owner ofDavid Williams takes home top prize on Poker after Dark.
David Williams takes home top prize on Poker after Dark.
  two WSOP bracelets and two WPT titles, is known as a tight, solid player. Will he thrive or wilt under the pressure of this aggressive table? Mike Matusow knows how to talk a good game, but will the cards finally follow suit as Mike attempts to take down his first Poker After Dark title after numerous tries. David Williams, runner up at the 2004 Main Event, plays a fearless, aggressive brand of poker. Will a switch in style help this young gun take home the first-place prize money?"

Apparently so.  Williams' seemingly effortless style brings home the $140,000 prize. Though typically the prize is $120,000, due to special circumstances, the pot was sweetened to $140,000.  More luck for golden boy, David Williams.  Players in this 'Jam Up' included: Howard Lederer, Mike Matusow, Barry Greenstein, Antonio Esfandiari, Eli Elezra, and the victorious David Williams.

When asked about his win, the low-key poker champion simply states, "Second place is nice, but winning is better...this is what I do."

And he does it quite well.  David can also be seen on BET's weekly series entitled "The First Annual Black Poker Stars Invitational" where he is the resident expert and head of the poker clinic.

About Poker after Dark: When the world's best poker players and the game's biggest personalities get together to play in a high-stakes, winner-take-all tournament, you never know what's going to happen. Watch all the action when the cards fly, the tempers flare, and the chips fall on NBC's groundbreaking poker program, Poker After Dark.  Six of the world's best poker players will gather in Las Vegas each week to play in this invitation-only event.

The buy-in: $20,000 each. The prize; $120,000 to the winner and a lovely parting gift for everyone else.

Hosted by Shana Hiatt, each week's tournament will follow the action from the time the players shuffle up and deal until the last pot is pushed to the winner. In between, you'll see first-hand why the pros say it takes more than just good cards to be a winning player.

Bluffs will be called, nerves will be tested, and characters judged as each player attempts to outplay, outwit, and outmaneuver the competition. You've never seen poker played like this before - and it's brought to you like only the pros at NBC can.

About David Williams: This young, charismatic tournament and online-savvy player is a force to be reckoned with. In 2004 alone, David won $3.5 Million for his Runner Up Finish at the WSOP Main Event and $573,000 for his Runner Up Finish at the WPT. Coming from a college background including Princeton and Southern Methodist University, David is an active World Poker Tour Professional, Professional Poker Tour Participant, and Card Player Magazine cover story. Before poker, David, now 25 years old, was an avid "Magic" player, a game that is only played one-on-one. Within the last year, David Williams has truly established himself as an important part of the professional poker tour landscape. With Two Second Place finishes in key tournaments, the Borgata Poker Open and the World Series of Poker "No Limit Hold'em Poker Championship, David proves his tournament mettle. David is one of the World Poker Tour's "Young Guns" and has been featured in Playboy and ALL IN Magazines as the Future of Poker.

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