High Stakes Poker Slated To Return For Another Season
Thursday, 17. September 2009

It appears that the popular television program High Stakes Poker will be returning the Game Show Network (GSN) in early 2010 to the delight of poker fans. While GSN has yet to make an official announcement, it is now known that they will be filming new episodes of the show in November and the show is slated for air in February of next year.

During an interview for Inside Deal on ESPN this August, Barry Greenstein let it slip that Poker PROductions was looking to assemble players for the 6th season of High Stakes Poker for filming in October and November. With the majority of the relevant players busy with at the World Series of Poker (WSOP) Europe and the European Poker Tour (EPT) London, it will be some time before players are able to return to Las Vegas for filming.

The almost immediate announcement of season 6 of High Stakes Poker stands in contrast to the long delay between season 4 and season 5 when the future of the show appeared to be uncertain. Changes in management at GSN generated rumors that High Stakes Poker, which performs well in male demographics but poorly with the female demographics usually watching other GSN shows, would not be back for another season. The belief that the show would not make it back for a fifth season strengthened when GSN cancelled coverage of the World Poker Tour (WTP), but a last minute announcement made last September revealed that the show would in fact return.

Season 5 aired early last year and was punctuated by numerous pots involving Team Full Tilt member Tom “durrrr” Dwan. During his Inside Deal interview, Greenstein discussed two memorable hands from season 5. The first hand found Greenstein in a three-way pot with 2008 WSOP Main Event Champion Peter Eastgate and Dwan. Dwan flopped the worst hand but intimidated Greenstein into folding his pocket aces and Eastgate to fold trips through aggressive play to take down the pot. The second hand pitted Greenstein with pocket aces against Dwan. Both players went all-in on the flop with Greenstein’s pocket aces against Dwan’s top pair of queens with a flush draw. Dwan hit trip queens and took down the largest pot in the history of the program with close to $920,000.

Despite a rough season 5, Greenstein says that he is up for the challenge and is already poised to drop a new charity catchphrase. In an effort to raise money for Children’s Incorporated, Greenstein uttered phrases like “lol donkaments” regularly on High Stakes Poker. Greenstein revealed to Inside Deal hosts Bernard Lee and Laura Lane his plans to use the latest online poker catchphrase “Bing, Blang, Blaow” at some point during Season Six.

It won’t be for some time until we see exactly how Greenstein will incorporate “Bing, Blang, Blaow” into the upcoming season and which top tier pros will be participating. In the meanwhile, poker fans can get their poker fix on PokerPROductions other big program, Poker After Dark aired at 2:05 ET Monday through Saturday on NBC. Poker After Dark features poker giants such as Phil Ivey, Doyle Brunson, Tom “durrrr” Dwan, Phil “Unabomber” Locke, Eli Elezra, Howard “The Professor” Lederer, Phil “The Brat” Hellmuth and Ilari “Zigmund” Sahamies.

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