High Stakes Poker to raise buy-in

Patrik Antonius
Patrik Antonius has no qualms putting up $500k for High Stakes Poker.

On Mondays, High Stakes Poker is the place to be for some of the biggest televised cash games around. Starting Nov. 5, the stakes will get even higher as the buy-in for the series will go from $100,000 to $500,000.

High Stakes Poker IV will feature seven episodes with the inflated buy-in, and there's already plenty of pro players signed up and ready to plunk down the half million dollars to play.

Sammy Farha, who has played in all three seasons of the series so far, will ante up to play.

A regular at the "Big Game" in Las Vegas as well as a prominent player online these days, David Benyamine has agreed to play.

Barry Greenstein and Antonio Esfandiari both excel in the tournament realm as well as at cash games. Both are also willing to put up a little extra for the show this season. Esfandiari, like Farha, has appeared on all three previous seasons of High Stakes Poker.

Jamie Gold, the 2006 World Series of Poker Main Event winner, has agreed to join the high-stakes table. During one episode, he will be replaced by Daniel Negreanu, who has been involved in some of the largest hands ever on the poker show.

Finland's own Patrik Antonius has coughed up $1 million for this season of High Stakes Poker. He'll also have national pride on the line, battling in the game as Finland's top cash game player.

Last but not least is a newcomer to the poker show, someone who's also fairly new to the spotlight in the poker world. Guy Laliberté, the co-founder and CEO of Cirque du Soleil, is joining the table.

Laliberté has seen some success at poker tournaments this year with a first-place finish in a $2,500 Super Satellite at the Fifth Annual Five Star World Poker Classic in April that propelled him all the way to a fourth-place finish in the $25,000 World Poker Tour Championship.

He will be donating a portion of his winnings from High Stakes Poker to the One Drop Foundation.

The foundation's objective is to accumulate $100 million in two years for provision of drinking water to selected communities in the developing world.

To see how Laliberté and the other high rollers do with the stakes set higher, tune in to High Stakes Poker. The series airs new episodes each Monday night with encore showings on Wednesdays and Saturdays.

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