The Game Show Network (GSN) has announced its much anticipated new series, "High Stakes Poker," will premiere tonight at 9 p.m. (EST) and will run every Monday night for the next 13 weeks. "High Stakes Poker" will pit wealthy amateurs against pro players in a high stakes cash game for a $100,000 buy-in. Each episode will span one hour and will be hosted by Gabe Kaplan and A.J. Benza.
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, Jennifer Harman, Phil Hellmuth, Johnny Chan, Ted Forrest, 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.
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. The series will also feature a behind the scenes look at the lives of the participating high stakes pros.