The Golden Nugget Hotel and Casino is slated to host two television series in November featuring poker's hottest players in made-for-TV tournaments. "High Stakes Poker," produced by the Game Show Network (GSN), and "Poker Superstars Invitational Tournament III," produced by Fox Sports Net (FSN), are the first poker shows to be filmed at the legendary downtown Las Vegas casino in many years.
GSN's "High Stakes Poker" will launch on Monday, January 16 at 9 p.m. (EST/PST), and will feature wealthy poker-playing amateurs against pro players in high stakes cash games for a $100,000 buy-in. As the first cash game-based poker television show to hit the airwaves, the new series aims to expose a life of excess and extravagance that few poker players get to experience. The new series will be filmed entirely at the Golden Nugget between November 2-4, with tapings closed to the public.
Competitors in "High Stakes Poker" will buy-in with their own money and have the option to cash out or re-buy. Pros slated to appear include Daniel Negreanu, Johnny Chan, Jennifer Harman, Barry Greenstein, Phil Hellmuth, and Doyle Brunson, among others. Amateurs include long-time high stakes player and owner of the L.A. Lakers Jerry Buss, and Tillman Fertitta, owner of Landry's chain of restaurants (which happens to own the Golden Nugget Hotel and Casino).
"Poker Superstars Invitational Tournament III" will film its third season at the Golden Nugget between November 9 and 16, and will be closed to the public. The series will feature 36 episodes and 24 of the world's top players, including Johnny Chan, Chris "Jesus" Ferguson, Todd Brunson, Phil Ivey, Phil Hellmuth, and Chris Moneymaker. It is scheduled to air on FSN beginning on March 12. Other poker programming offered by FSN includes "Learn From The Pros," "Monte Carlo Millions," "Aussie Millions," and "Poker Superstars Invitational Tournament III."