High Stakes Poker is Back

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High Stakes Poker is Back
10:32
09 Feb

Poker fans will have new High Stakes Poker episodes to look forward to after the legendary brand was recently bought by Poker Central, who will also screen the old series on their PokerGO channel.

The hugely popular televised cash game series brought some of the biggest names in the game to the screens between 2006 and 2011 - Doyle Brunson, Daniel Negreanu, Tom Dwan, Phil Laak, Antonio Esfandiari and Patrik Antonius among them.

With $millions on the table at any one time – with buy-ins starting at $100,000 and going up to $½million, it was sometimes literally in bricks of cash – the show became compulsive, and almost compulsory, viewing for every poker player and fan.

Sampson Simmons, President of Poker Central, said of the show:

“High Stakes Poker was a remarkable poker program. With star players, massive pots, and memorable moments, the show beautifully conveys the drama of cash game poker.”

Of the purchase of the HSP brand and assets, Sampson added:

“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.”

There was no indication how much was paid for the HSP products, a Poker Central spokesperson telling us: ‘We don't disclose financial information related to the business’, but whatever it was, it was likely a price worth paying for such an iconic poker brand.


Mori Eskandani, the producer at the heart of all seven season of HSP, will ensure a smooth transition to its new home, Eskandani now executive producer at Poker Central.

“High Stakes Poker was raw and natural, we just let the players play and that’s what made it so special,” he said as the company announced its purchase.

He added:

“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.”

There is no word yet on when new episodes will be produced, nor who will take part in them, but as with the old series, it’s likely to be a mix of the OGs and the new crushers, with occasional amateurs thrown in.


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Andrew from Edinburgh, Scotland, is a professional journalist, international-titled chess master, and avid poker player.Read more

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