Vegas writer offers inside look into second 'High Stakes Poker'

Las Vegas Sun columnist Jeff Haney has published an article giving players an inside look into the second season of the Game Show Network's (GSN) "High Stakes Poker" television show, which is currently being filmed at the Palms Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas in a specially crafted set designed to resemble a luxury hotel suite.

"High Stakes Poker" features some of poker's most famous players throwing around hundreds of thousands of dollars to play in cash games, and also boasts footage from the private lives, homes, and escapades of select pros participating in the show.

According to Haney, "the second season promises to deliver even more spirited play." Competitors must stake $100,000 of their own money in an 8-handed, invitation-only, No-Limit Hold'em game spanning the course of one week. Play typically stretches over 14 hour days, and each competitor is paid a wage of $1,200 by GSN for each hour played.

The No-Limit Hold'em game boasts blinds of $300-$600 and a $100 ante. Players are allowed to take breaks or cash out at any time and are replaced by fellow pros waiting to join. Both cash and chips are permitted at the table.

Players scheduled to appear in the second season of the show include Phil Laak, Mike Matusow, Daniel Negreanu, Doyle Brunson, Jennifer Harman, Antonio Esfandiari, Barry Greenstein, and Sam Farha.

Although the games are characterized by trash talking, insult slinging segments, participating pros are happy for the opportunity to play some of the top No-Limit players in the world in what is widely considered one of the best cash games in Las Vegas.

"I absolutely love No-Limit Hold'em cash games, and you never see them at a level this high," said Laak. "This is just phenomenal."

"The biggest No-Limit game a normal, working pro will see on a semi-regular basis has blinds of $100 and $200," Laak said. "So this is just insane. I love it."

Please see GSN Announces Second Season Of High Stakes Poker for further details.

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