High Stakes Poker Back on GSN

by Lou on July 31, 2008

I don’t know about you, but I was overjoyed to learn that the Game show network has renewed everyone’s favorite poker show, High Stakes Poker for another season.

It seemed dead. Even announcers Gabe Kaplan (pictured right) and A.J. Benza had no ideas about whether the show would be renewed. But it was. And I can’t wait.

High Stakes Poker has been part of GSN since its conception, and the show’s devotees have helped build viewership through video-sharing sites like You Tube.

Unlike so many of the poker tournament shows with a rotating cast of final table players—many of who are absolute strangers to a viewing audience that has no attachment to a group of stranger sitting around a poker table—there’s familiarity and continuity with the rotating core of semi-regulars on High Stakes Poker. And because of that, we viewers have a rooting interest. Daniel Negreanu has his fans. So does Sammy Farha. And Jennifer Harman does too. Everyone, it seems, wants to see Phil Hellmuth lost a big pot, go into a tizzy, and rant away a few minutes worth of air time wondering why and how, anyone could possibly beat him.

After months of speculation High Stakes Poker will be back on their air, where it belongs. I couldn’t be happier.


Disciples of Poker July 31, 2008 at 7:39 pm

Great news regarding the renewal of High Stakes Poker!

gtycoon August 3, 2008 at 1:50 am

High Stakes Poker is the best poker on TV! I’m glad it’s back!

I notice Poker After Dark had taken a page out of HSP’s book and added a couple cash games to this season.

Something About Poker August 11, 2008 at 2:34 am

Thank the Heavens that this game is coming back, I really enjoy High Stakes Poker, Because I was always a cash game player first and loved the thrill of winning money instead of tournament chips, plus watching tourney after tourney on TV gets boring with all the shove fests and classic race situations.

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