December 8, 2011 : FAREWELL TO HIGH STAKES POKER SHOW
GSN drops popular show from its scheduling
Effective January 2 2012, the popular poker show High Stakes Poker is to be dropped from the GSN schedule, according to a report this week.
Apparently declining audience ratings have prompted the network decision to axe the show, which first aired in 2006 and quickly became a favourite of US poker fans.
Top international players frequently featured on the show, which had a NLHE high stakes cash game format and was initially presented by Gabe Kaplan. He was later supported by other poker personalities who interacted with online and live poker aces like Jennifer Harman, Tom Dwan, Phil Ivey, Daniel Negreanu, Barry Greenstein, Guy Laliberte and Doyle Brunson as they put their own cash on the line in televised clashes.
Buzzerblog reports that this year Kaplan was replaced by comedian Norm MacDonald with only limited success, and this was exacerbated by the events of Black Friday, which eliminated Full Tilt Poker pros from the lineup, and forced the market exit of Pokerstars.