"High Stakes Poker" to hit the air in new year

The Game Show Network (GSN) has announced its new series - "High Stakes Poker" - is set to debut on January 16 at 9 p.m. (EST/PST). The 13-episode show will pit wealthy amateurs against pro players in a high stakes cash game for a minimum buy-in of $100,000.

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. It is based on the world of high stakes poker, where rich businessmen get fleeced by pro players in the comfort of their own homes or deep in the high stakes poker rooms of various luxury Vegas casinos.

Competitors in "High Stakes Poker" will buy-in with their own money and have the option to cash out or re-buy. The series was recently filmed at the Golden Nugget Casino in downtown Las Vegas featuring pros Freddy Deeb, Daniel Alaei, Mimi Tran, and Sam Farha.

Amateurs include long-time high stakes player and owner of the L.A. Lakers Jerry Buss; Tillman Fertitta, owner of Landry's chain of restaurants; Bob Stupak, legendary Las Vegas entrepreneur; Dr. Amir Nasiri, a highly successful Las Vegas physician; and Fred Chamanara, a Chicago restaurant owner. The series will be hosted by longtime television host AJ Benza. Commentary will be provided by actor-turned-poker-player Gabe Kaplan.

"'High Stakes Poker' is groundbreaking in that it is the first-ever look into the biggest private No-Limit Hold'em cash games in town," said Rich Cronin, President and CEO of GSN. "This show is intense because players are winning and losing hundreds of thousands of their own dollars on single hands."

"For the first time ever in the history of poker on television, viewers will see players playing with very large amounts of their own money," said Henry Orenstein, executive producer of "High Stakes Poker" and creator of the now infamous table/hole card camera. "This is what makes it exciting, the players can win huge pots that are worth nearly a half million dollars on a single card."

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