GSN announces second season of 'High Stakes Poker'

The Game Show Network (GSN) announced yesterday it will be filming a second season of its popular television show, "High Stakes Poker." The network has ordered a new 16-episode season based on the solidly consistent ratings the series has received throughout the broadcast of its inaugural season. The second season will once again be shot on location at Las Vegas' Palms Casino Resort on April 10 and 11, 2006, and will feature top pros Doyle Brunson, Daniel Negreanu, and Sam Farha, among others.

A.J. Benza and actor-turned-poker-player, Gabe Kaplan, will both return as co-hosts of "High Stakes Poker," where featured pros battle wealthy amateurs in a high stakes cash game for a $100,000 buy-in. Each episode will span one hour.

"As the only poker cash game on television, this series lets fans learn how the poker legends play when risking huge amounts of their own money," said Rich Cronin, President and CEO of GSN. "'High Stakes Poker' has exceeded our expectations and we are looking forward to the second season for this exciting, one of a kind poker show."

"Every week on Tuesday after the show, I get calls from my poker friends from all over the country telling me how much they enjoyed 'High Stakes Poker,'" said Henry Orenstein, Executive Producer and the inventor of the in-table camera for poker shows. "They tell me that they love the show because this is real poker with real money and you can learn a lot from it."

The finale of the original season of "High Stakes Poker" will air on Monday, April 10, at 10 p.m. (EST). Daniel Negreanu will attempt to recover his previous losses and Phil Hellmuth, who has also taken some bad beats in previous episodes, will try to walk away as a winner.

Also playing in this episode are Los Angeles Lakers owner, Jerry Buss, Jennifer Harman, Antonio Esfandiari, Johnny Chan, Barry Greenstein, and Todd Brunson.

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