The big cash and big personalities return in January with the 10th season of High Stakes Poker debuting on PokerGO. The popular show returns from the PokerGO Studio in Las Vegas.
Poker fans can expect $200-$400 No Limit Hold’em with a few new faces mixed with some regulars taking a seat at the table.
“High Stakes Poker is such a special, classic brand that has been the genesis to so many of the game’s most memorable moments,” PokerGO President Mori Eskandani said in a news release. “PokerGO is extremely proud to release the 10th season of this remarkable show, and we plan on celebrating the momentous occasion with special offerings, giveaways, and more.”
An historic poker show continues
High Stakes Poker pulled the curtain back on big-money cash games when the show premiered in 2006. Originally aired on GSN (Game Show Network), the production was one of the first to feature a cash game at a time when tournament poker was earning big ratings during the poker boom.
Betting with such huge sums of money drew in viewers, who were more accustomed to small stakes games with friends. High Stakes Poker instead featured millions of dollars at the table and players seemingly nonchalantly tossing bricks of cash into the pot.
The table talk among these grizzled poker veterans also resonated with those checking out the action from home.
Some of the game’s most legendary players have appeared through the years including Doyle Brunson, Daniel Negreanu, Phil Ivey, Tom Dwan, Phil Hellmuth, Antonio Esfandiari, and Patrik Antonius.
After being off the air for a few years, PokerGO acquired the show in 2020 and resurrected the nosebleed-stakes action. As 16-time World Series of Poker bracelet winner Hellmuth said of the show when it returned, High Stakes Poker mixes “great personalities and great players.”
Expect big names again this season
The new season promises even more high stakes action mixed with interesting personalities. Esfandiari returns to the series for the first time since Season 7. He’d played in every season prior to that.
Negreanu is again in the mix as well for his ninth season after taking part in some of High Stakes’ biggest moments. No other player has played in more on the show than Negreanu, who only missed the eighth season.
Fans may also see award-winning actress and well-regarded poker player Jennifer Tilly. She returns after an entertaining appearance in Season 9.
Maverick Gaming CEO Eric Persson made waves earlier this year in an entertaining heads-up battle against Hellmuth. The two brought plenty of verbal barbs and Persson is also rumored to be on High Stakes Poker this season as well.
AJ Benza and Gabe Kaplan once again call the action as they did in the original show. Tens of millions of dollars have been won and lost at the High Stakes tables over the years.
For Brunson, playing on the show had less to do with making a television appearance and more to do with what he’s done best throughout his decades in the game – separating opponents from their cash.
“Everybody was trying to impress the audience with unusual plays, so I played ABC hands,” Brunson told USPoker in 2020. “I remember winning 15 times before finally having a loser.”