There are many great and interesting poker TV shows like Poker After Dark (on PokerGO), NBC National Heads-UP Poker Championship, partypoker's The Big Game, Celebrity Poker Show, Poker Night in America, Late Night Poker, and many more. However, for most fans of the game, the one show that is mostly talked about in poker history and perhaps the one that garners the most respect among the amateurs and pros alike is High Stakes Poker.
High Stakes Poker was described as a simple high-stakes cash game in which players bet their own money on the line but still it holds a special place in most poker fans' hearts.
Avid fans still talk about how Barry Greenstein got "durrrr'ed", how Gus Hansen's quads crushed Daniel Negreanu, or how it went for Brad Booth when he pulled off the ultimate bluff against Phil Ivey.
AJ Benza and Gabe Kaplan in the commentary booth made the games even better with Benza providing some occasional levity and Kaplan explaining the hands in such a way that most viewers would understand easily.
Eventually, fan fave Sammy Farha stopped attending as he was worried he was giving too much information (on how he played, most likely). High Stakes Poker is a program that does not cut out the juicy parts and fans loved the show for that.
High Stakes Poker first aired in January 16, 2006 up until May 21, 2011. The show, broadcasted by the cable TV network GSN in the United States, ran for a total of seven seasons.
The type of poker game played on the show is No-Limit Texas Hold'em, with the minimum buy-in being US$100,000 in the first release and then increased in the next seasons. Players were paid $1,250 per hour for playing, but they had to put in much more of their own money at risk in order to play the game. Participants on the show included both amateurs and poker pros.
While the HSP episodes were taken down on Youtube in the past, on August this year, fans will get to view them again as they have now been uploaded to a Youtube channel named simply as High Stakes Poker.
The video quality looked great and since its reappearance online it's been racking up hundreds of thousands of views each day. The most popular episode so far is Season 6 - Episode 1 with 219,000 views and counting (which featured Hellmuth clashing on two occasions with Esfandiari and Ivey in flush-over-flush).
High Stakes Poker Season 1 Casino: Golden Nugget, Las Vegas Episodes: 13 Aired: January 16 to April 10, 2006 Players: Amir Nasseri, Antonio Esfandiari, Barry Greenstein, Bob Stupak, Daniel Alaei, Daniel Negreanu, Doyle Brunson, Eli Elezra, Fred Chamanara, Freddy Deeb, Jennifer Harman, Jerry Buss, Johnny Chan, Mimi Tran, Phil Hellmuth, Sammy Farha, Shawn Sheikhan, Ted Forrest, Todd Brunson
High Stakes Poker Season 2 Casino: The Palms Casino Resort, Las Vegas Episodes: 16 Aired: June 5 to September 18, 2006 Players: Amnon Filippi, Antonio Esfandiari, Barry Greenstein, Brad Booth, Cory Zeidman, Daniel Alaei, Daniel Negreanu, David Grey, Doyle Brunson, Eli Elezra, Erick Lindgren, Fred Chamanara, Gus Hansen, Jennifer Harman, John Juanda, Michael Mizrachi, Mike Matusow, Minh Ly, Phil Laak, Sammy Farha, Shawn Sheikhan, Ted Forrest, Todd Brunson
High Stakes Poker Season 3 Casino: South Point Hotel Casino & Spa, Las Vegas Episodes: 13 Aired: January 15 to April 9, 2007 Players: Antonio Esfandiari, Barry Greenstein, Bill Chen, Brad Booth, Brian Townsend, Chris Ferguson, Dan Harmetz, Dan Shak, Daniel Alaei, Daniel Negreanu, David Benyamine, David Williams, Doyle Brunson, Eli Elezra, Erick Lindgren, Gabe Kaplan, Ilya Trincher, Jamie Gold, Jennifer Harman, John D'Agostino, Patrik Antonius, Paul Wasicka, Phil Ivey, Phil Laak, Sammy Farha, Shawn Sheikhan, Todd Brunson, Victor Ramdin
High Stakes Poker Season 4 Casino: South Point Hotel Casino & Spa, Las Vegas Episodes: 17 Aired: August 27 to December 17, 2007 Players: Antonio Esfandiari, Antonio Salorio, Barry Greenstein, Bob Safai, Brandon Adams, Daniel Negreanu, David Benyamine, Doyle Brunson, Eli Elezra, Guy Laliberté, Haralabos Voulgaris, Jamie Gold, Jennifer Harman, Mike Baxter, Mike Matusow, Patrik Antonius, Phil Galfond, Phil Hellmuth, Phil Laak, Sammy Farha, Todd Brunson
High Stakes Poker Season 5 Casino: Golden Nugget, Las Vegas Episodes: 13 Aired: March 1 to May 24, 2009 Players: Alan Meltzer, Antonio Esfandiari, Barry Greenstein, Daniel Negreanu, Dario Minieri, David Benyamine, David Peat, Doyle Brunson, Eli Elezra, Howard Lederer, Ilari Sahamies, Joe Hachem, Mike Baxter, Nick Cassavetes, Patrik Antonius, Peter Eastgate, Phil Laak, Sam Simon, Tom Dwan
High Stakes Poker Season 6 Casino: Golden Nugget, Las Vegas Episodes: 13 Aired: February 14 to May 9, 2010 Players: Andreas Høivold, Andrew Robl, Antonio Esfandiari, Barry Greenstein, ertrand Grospellier, Daniel Negreanu, Dario Minieri, David Benyamine, Dennis Phillips, Doyle Brunson, Eli Elezra, Gus Hansen, Jason Mercier, Lex Veldhuis, Mike Matusow, Patrik Antonius, Phil Galfond, Phil Hellmuth, Phil Ivey, Phil Laak, Tom Dwan
High Stakes Poker Season 7 Casino: Bellagio, Las Vegas Episodes: 13 Aired: February 26 to May 21, 2011 *Gabe Kaplan was replaced by Norm Macdonald as host and Kara Scott conducted interviews from the poker room floor Players: Andrew Robl, Antonio Esfandiari, Barry Greenstein, Bill Klein, Bill Perkins, Daniel Negreanu, David Peat, Doyle Brunson, Haralabos Voulgaris, Jason Mercier, Johnny Chan, Jonathan Duhamel, Mike Baxter, Phil Galfond, Phil Laak, Phil Ruffin, Robert Croak, Vanessa Selbst
I have watched all these shows many times over the years and will probably be watching them again very soon. Just seeing the bundles of cash on the table sends shivers down the spine. I recommend people to watch them if they haven't seen the show
I bet that all the hardcore poker fans and players, have already watched the whole series of it. But it is a good thing it, you can find the whole episodes on youtube to watch whenever you like. It is a series that someone can watch again if they are crazy about poker. They can be considered as a lesson for the game also
Compared with the recent 36 card games in South Korea, that doesn't even feel like high stakes games any more. And i am shocked when i see from how long ago the first seasons wereplayed. Never expected it being that old. 2006, that are 12 cool years.
I have watched all too few years agoo and for me season 5 and 6 was best, so many actions and so many good hands we see. What a player is this Tom Dwan and Doyle Brunson. Will the season 8,9,10 be recorded? Does anyone know that? Thanks if someone answer.
Well I did not know that there were also videos of the seasons, but well I would not have to be surprised because there's everything today haha good now I'll look when I have a little time these seasons and see what ... hopefully it's worth it see the seasons and good to see if I learn something more of all this
It is a special feeling when you see poker players with stacks of money playing poker. Is not the same as the chips and the sensation is intense. These professional players have attracted a lot of amateurs in the poker world. Organizers knew how to promote these videos and success has come for many persons or players. For those who want to play poker, they should watch these movies.
Yes very interesting poker show because many very good players play in this show and it is fun to see them play and also bet very big amounts of money. To me 100000 minimum buyin is very big money of course now we hear about bigger games in east but this.is.big too
I believe the thing that amazes mostly the viewers, is not the big names you can see playing, but the big amounts of money on the table, like gerimantas is saying. And yes like shokaku has mentioned these are not from the games with the huge amounts, of money we have seen on a table.
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