High Stakes Poker New Season Set for February, but Without Negreanu and Full Tilt Pros

by Lou on December 18, 2010

It’s no secret that I love High Stakes Poker.  It’s far-and-away my favorite TV poker show.  So it was disappointing to learn that because Pokerstars.com has become the show’s newest sponsor for the upcoming season seven, pros associated with Full Tilt—and this includes popular players such as Tom “durrrr” Dwan, Phil Ivey, and Patrik Antonius—are unlikely to appear on the show.

I despise the intrusion of politics into poker—even when it’s politics with a small “p”—like the corporate kind we’re seeing here. All it does is deprive HSP’s audience of what they like best: watching big name, familiar, poker players battle it out for big bucks in a cash game.

This season the show moves from downtown’s Golden Nugget to the Bellagio.  Gabe Kaplan and Kara Scott are still the show’s hosts, but the cast of players is different.  Not only will the Full Tilt pros be missing, but the always-popular Daniel Negreanu posted this on twitter a few days ago: “Sad news: at airport headed home which means the trip is over have a commercial shoot when I land which means no HSP for me this year.”

But you can still look forward to seeing Doyle Brunson, Barry Greenstein, Phil Laak, Scotty Nguyen, Antonio Esfandiari, Phil Galfond, and Jason Mercier, along with 2010 WSOP champ Jonathan Duhamel.

High Stakes Poker’s new season will air Sunday nights on the Game Show Network, beginning February.

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