HSP lives! If you were a poker fan 15 years ago, then you're aware of the impact of High Stakes Poker on the landscape when the series first debuted in 2006 with the likes of Doyle Brunson, Daniel Negreanu, Barry Greenstein, and Phil Ivey flinging chips around.
Sure, it was late nights and hard to find on the dial (if you were super-baked, drunk, or did not have access to the Game Show Network on your cable/satellite provider), but poker enthusiasts at the apex of the glorious online poker boom were treated with high stakes cash-game action featuring some of the biggest names in poker slugging it out with their own money on the line. The games were recorded live but then aired on the GSN at a later date.
The first run of High Stakes poker lasted six seasons before it ended in 2011 shortly after Black Friday. At its peak, many fans considered High Stakes Poker the best poker program on television.
Poker Central bought the rights to the High Stakes Poker with the intent of bringing it back to life. They sought to generate new content for PokerGo while riding the deep coattails of the popular and well-respected brand.
Poker Central announced the fantastic news of the relaunch and comeback of High Stakes Poker on their Twitter feed.
"What's that you say??? ALL NEW episodes of High Stakes Poker are coming to @PokerGO December 16??? That's right!!!," @PokerCentral tweeted.
Behold HSP 2.0! The folks at Poker Central also gave mouth-watering fans a sneak peek preview of the swanky new set for HSP.
The reboot of High Stakes Poker episodes will air exclusively on PokerGO, the streaming service created by Poker Central, starting December 16.
"High stakes poker coming back guys," tweeted Dwan. "Hope I run as good as last time."
Poker Central acquired the rights to High Stakes Poker earlier in 2020. They had hoped to developed the popular program but then the pandemic hit. In the meantime, PokerGo kept poker fans happy by broadcasting old episodes and made the catalog available to subscribers as part of their content trove.
And now... there will be new episodes of High Stakes Poker to help get you through the holiday season and the doldrums of December.
Mark your calendar for December 16.
Most recently, PokerGo concluded their latest series -- High Stakes Duel -- which featured Phil Hellmuth and Antonio Esfandiari. The Poker Brat came out on top. And drew praise from Phil Galfond for his heads-up prowess.
PokerGo will have other new shows debuting in 2021. Stay tuned for those announcements. In the meantime, check out some old clips from High Stakes Poker with the best hands from Season 3…