You may have seen the casting calls for the new made-for-tv cash game Poker Night In America as they made their way back to Maryland’s Live! Casino for taping this month.
One person who saw and applied was dominant online and live poker pro Christian “Charder” Harder. Harder is a bit of a reg at Maryland Live! and perhaps thought to be an obvious choice to have sat at the cash game table but apparently that’s not what the producers of PNIA were looking for.
In a new blog post at the Washington Post, Charder talks about how he didn’t make the cut in favor of more “amateur” players with big personalities, like the man they call “Dumpster Joe”.
Looks like things turned out for the best though for everyone involved. While Christian didn’t get to play on the televised cash game he did take down the casinos Summer Series $2200 buy-in for around $84K. Not a bad consolation prize.
And PNIA got their wish as well. “Dumpster Joe” went head-to-head with “The Poker Brat” in a confrontation that is likely to get a lot of airtime.