TV’s ‘High Stakes Poker’
set for another season

Aug 14, 2006 3:23 AM

GSN (the Game Show Network) has renewed its highly popular cash game poker series High Stakes Poker for a third season. The second season of High Stakes Poker is currently airing on GSN Monday nights at 9 p.m. ET.

"We were betting that High Stakes Poker would be a success and we have won big," said Rich Cronin, president and CEO of GSN. "This show has proven to be a breakout hit with poker fans. We couldn’t be more pleased by the response that we have gotten from viewers and television critics who have called High Stakes Poker a ”˜must-see’ and the ”˜best poker show’ on television."

The location and players for the third season of High Stakes Poker will be announced later. The taping is scheduled to begin in October.

High Stakes Poker is the first true cash game of poker on television with a $100,000 minimum buy-in. Unlike other poker shows that are tournaments in which the most players can lose is their initial buy-in, the players on GSN’s High Stakes Poker have several hundreds of thousands of dollars of their own cash at stake to win and lose.

The first two seasons have featured the top professionals in poker including Doyle Brunson, Daniel Negreanu, Barry Greenstein, Jennifer Harman, Antonio Esfandiari, Mike Matusow, Phil Hellmuth, Phil Laak, Johnny Chan plus many others as well as amateurs Fred Chamanara, a restaurant owner from Chicago and Los Angeles Lakers owner Jerry Buss.

One of the highlights of the show is the commentary from guest hosts A.J. Benza and Gabe Kaplan. The latter — yes, the former "Kotter" TV star — has an especially sharp wit and expert poker knowledge that add tremendously to the broadcast.

High Stakes Poker’s current season was taped at the Palms Casino in Las Vegas. Henry Orenstein of HSOR, L.L.C. serves as the Executive Producer of High Stakes Poker.

As the popularity of poker continues to grow, GSN has also announced it will be replaying the first season of High Stakes Poker on Mondays beginning September 18 at 8 p.m. ET. The original series was filmed at the Golden Nugget in Las Vegas.