High Stakes Poker Set To Return

High Stakes Poker has a cult following. That following is delighted the hit show is returning to our screens.

High Stakes Poker is returning to our screens after Poker Central bought the rights and assets to the hit show. Poker Central plans to broadcast old episodes of High Stakes Poker in its PokerGO streaming service.

The Game Show Network launched High Stakes Poker back in 2006 and it was an instant with the poker community. Televised poker only showed tournaments until High Stakes Poker launched, so this was a breath of fresh air.

Poker fans watched some of the game’s elite players and uber-rich amateurs lock horns in high stakes cash games. Vast sums of money were won and lost under the watchful eyes of commentators A.J. Benza and Gabe Kaplan.

The series lasted five years before the rug was, inexplicably, pulled from under it. Nobody has managed to plug the gap in the market, but that is all about to change.

PokerGO Streams High Stakes Poker

Streaming site PokerGO is owned by Poker Central and its the latter who has bought the High Stakes Poker rights.

A press release confirms PokerGO is showing old episodes of High Stakes Poker, but also hints new episodes could follow.

“Poker Central is finalizing plans for the future of the series, including new episode distribution through PokerGO and potential broadcast and streaming partners.”

The fact Poker Central is “finalizing plans” hints that we could see brand new episodes of the show filmed. The poker community would be delighted if this was the case. Poker has moved on since the show ended and new superstars are on the scene. Imagine being able to tune in and learn from some of today’s elite cash game players. It would be epic.

Poker Hall of Fame Member Speaks Out

“High Stakes Poker was a remarkable poker program,” said Poker Central President Sam Simmons. “With star players, massive pots, and memorable moments, the show beautifully conveys the drama of cash game poker. Bringing the existing episodes of High Stakes Poker to our platform and producing more in the future will enable us to recapture the nostalgia and magic of the show for our PokerGO subscribers in the present-day poker climate.”

Mori Eskandani, who now serves as executive producer at Poker Central, produced all seven seasons of High Stakes Poker for Game Show Network, along with executive producer Henry Orenstein who created the series. Eskandani is a member of the Poker Hall of Fame.

“High Stakes Poker was raw and natural, we just let the players play and that’s what made it so special,” said Eskandani. “It’s truly a dream come true to bring the series to a new generation of poker fans and players, and we expect even more action when the show returns with faces both new and old.”

Monster-Sized Pots From High Stakes Poker

The show saw some incredible hands during its five-year reign at the top of the poker TV rankings. It’s what happens when loose-aggressive professional poker players lock horns at the tale.

Gus Hansen and Daniel Negreanu clash during Season 2 in a $575,000 pot, the biggest at the time. Hansen moved all-in on a 9c-6d-5h-5s-8s board and Negreanu tank-called. Negreanu showed 6s-6h for a full house, but Hansen held 5d-5c for quad fives!

Online poker legend Tom “durrrr” Dwan won the most famous High Stakes Poker pot. Dwan showcased his incredible hand reading skills and situational awareness.

Former Team PokerStars Pro Barry Greenstein raised to $2,500 with Ah-Ac. All seven of his opponents called, including Dwan with Qc-Tc and Peter Eastgate with 4h-2d. The flop fell 2c-Td-2s and the action checked to Greenstein. He bet $10,000 which folded out a couple of players. Dwan raised to $37,300. Only Eastgate and Greenstein called.

Eastgate and Greenstein checked to Dwan on the 7d turn. Dwan led for $104,200, making the pot $237,700. Amazingly, Eastgate folded his trip deuces and Greenstein also folded after much deliberation. Dwan stated he knew Eastgate had the best hand and Eastgate confirmed this a couple of seasons later.

Who Would You Like To See on the New Show?

Who would you like to see star in new episodes of High Stakes Poker? Some of the previous cast won’t play because they’re not as active in the poker world. Don’t expect to see Eli Elezra, the aforementioned Greenstein and others. Dwan would play, likely Phil Ivey and Negreanu too. But which online poker superstars would you like to see grace the tables?

Matthew Pitt

Matthew Pitt

If it’s something you can play online for real money, chances are Matthew knows a bit about it. He’s been writing about slots, craps and poker for the better part of the last decade. He’s written for PokerNews, PartyPoker and many other respected online gambling websites during the last nine years.


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