All 98 episodes which originally aired on Game Show Network mysteriously appeared on YouTube channel, “High Stakes Poker.” You can watch each episode in full for free.
The show was one of the most popular poker shows of all-time and aired during the poker boom era. It was produced, like most poker shows, by Mori Eskandani, owner of Poker PROductions.
High Stakes Poker was one of the first televised high stakes cash game shows. It was cancelled in 2011 following the US Department of Justice’s internet poker crackdown. After Black Friday, shows such as High Stakes Poker and “Poker After Dark” no longer had major sponsors.
All 98 High Stakes Poker episodes aired on Game Show Network, and featured some of the best players in the game at the time. Pros such as Daniel Negreanu, Phil Hellmuth, and Mike Matusow were regulars on this epic cash game show.
The shows were taped at various Las Vegas casinos, beginning with the Golden Nugget hosting Season One in 2006. Other casinos to host High Stakes Poker included the Palms, South Point and, during the final series (Season Seven), Bellagio.
AJ Benza and Gabe Kaplan handled the commentating together for the first five seasons. Kara Scott replaced Benza in Season Six, and then comedian Norm Macdonald took over for Kaplan during the final season.
Minimum buy-ins for each show ranged from $100,000 to $500,000, but some players bought in for $1 million during certain episodes.
There were many six-figure pots on High Stakes Poker and it’s no surprise that Tom “durrrr” Dwan won the largest pot in show history.
The former Full Tilt Poker pro, during a Season Five episode, scooped a $919,600 pot with trip queens against Barry Greenstein’s pocket aces.
Best Moment in Show History
There were many epic moments in High Stakes Poker history. But, perhaps, the most entertaining moment came in Season Two in a hand involving Gus Hansen and Daniel Negreanu.
Negreanu flopped a set of 6’s, coolering Hansen who flopped a set of 5’s. But the tides turned on the turn when a 5 hit, giving “The Great Dane” quads, and DNegs found himself in a world of hurt.
Hansen’s aggressive reputation paid off for him when he check-raised all-in on the river. Negreanu didn’t make the instant call despite holding a full house. He thought it over for a minute but, even the best players in the world, can’t lay down such a monster hand, especially against a player such as Hansen who is capable of pulling off a sick bluff.
Gus scooped the $575,500 pot.
You can watch every episode, from Season One through Season Seven, on YouTube, for FREE.