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A.J. Benza Levels About High Stakes Poker

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A.J. Benza Levels About High Stakes Poker

“High Stakes Poker” Season 6 is currently underway on cable station GSN. One notable difference from the first five seasons is the absence of commentator A.J. Benza, who was let go in favor of bringing on floor reporter Kara Scott. Poker News Daily sat down with Benza to get his take on the show’s sixth cycle, which airs on Sundays at 8:00pm ET.

Poker News Daily: What are your thoughts on the sixth season of “High Stakes Poker,” which kicked off on February 28th on GSN?

A.J. Benza: I saw the premiere. When Gabe Kaplan was speaking, I was sitting on my couch and making the same comments I would have if we were taping it. I called Gabe and said it was different. He’s one of the best commentators of our time and I’m lucky to have been with him for five seasons. I missed that most of all – we had a lot of chemistry from being from the same neighborhood in Brooklyn.

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Jason Mercier Joins HSP Cast

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Jason Mercier Joins HSP Cast

The third episode of Season 6 of GSN’s “High Stakes Poker” aired on Sunday night at 8:00pm ET. Team PokerStars Pro member Jason Mercier joined the set and Daniel Negreanu pushed all-in, but ultimately chopped the pot.

Two players had gone broke in the first two episodes, as UB.com pro Phil Hellmuth and Andreas Hoivold each dropped $200,000. The latter’s seat remained empty as Sunday night’s “High Stakes Poker” kicked off, but Mercier soon joined the fray. “High Stakes Poker” announcer Gabe Kaplan commented on Mercier’s appearance: “He looks more like a swimmer to me than a poker player.”

While Mercier was busy stacking his pile of $100 bills, he picked up pocket twos and raised to $5,500. Tom “durrrr” Dwancame over the top to $19,200 with A-3 and Mercier folded. Curiosity began to build as to what Mercier had, with Eli Elezralaying 3:1 odds that the newcomer held a better hand than Dwan. Victory Poker pro Antonio Esfandiari and others at the table took Elezra up on his bet, with Mercier later admitting that he had pocket deuces, setting up what would have been a coin flip.

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High Stakes Poker Season 6 Ep 2

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Remember how much fun you had watching last week’s High Stakes Poker episode of “Who wants to win Phil Hellmuth’s money?” Well, that’s exactly how dreary and uninspiring this week’s episode of “Please, no one get Phil Ivey angry” was. With Phil Hellmuth probably still in the parking lot cursing up a storm, the rest of the players seemed to be in deep mourning that the sheep had been sheared so soon. Until Eli Elezra showed up ten hands in, there was no wisecracking, no aggression, and no entertainment value.

Cast: Ivey,Tom Dwan, Andreas Hoivold, Daniel Negreanu, Gus Hansen, Antonio Esfandiari, Dario Minieri, and later Elezra. Big Winner: Hansen, who took down the only big pot of the night on the final hand. Appropriately enough, he did it with six-three off suit.

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High Stakes: Isildur1 Loses $903k

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High Stakes Action: Isildur1 Loses $903k
Isildur1 returned to the nosebleed stakes with a blast, winning over $1.5 million in two days. However, he has now suffered a $903k defeat.

His opponents for the day were After two successful days, Isildur1 has now recorded a loss of $903k. According to Highstakesdb, most of his money went to Justin "ZeeJustin" Bonomo and Brian Townsend.Bonomo played him in No Limit Hold'em and after around 1,300 hands had pocketed $300k against one of the toughest NLHE opponents you can run into in online poker.

Isildur1 loses $600k to Townsend

The real trouble for Isildur1 began when he started a PLO $300/$600 session against Townsend. The latter picked up an early profit of $450k, but Isildur1 fought back in the next 450 hands, even gaining a small lead over Townsend.Unfortunately for Isildur1, Townsend managed to hold his ground and beat him in the following 300 hands for $600k. Here are some of the hands from their session:

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High Stakes Poker: Hellmuth Busts in First Episode

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High Stakes Poker: Hellmuth Busts in First Episode

The first episode of High Stakes Poker Season 6 featured Phil Hellmuth running into trouble one hand after another. It wasn't long before the Poker Brat lost his initial $200k buy-in and silently left the table.

The sixth season of GSN's High Stakes Poker kicked off with Gabe Kaplan doing the now lonesome job of commentating the action from the booth. Meanwhile, his new co-host Kara Scott interviewed the players, discussing key hands of the episode with them, as well as other topics.

durrrr and Ivey starring in all episodes

In the first episode of High Stakes Poker, Gus Hansen, Antonio Esfandiari, Dario Minieri, Tom "durrrr" Dwan, Phil Ivey (pictured right), Andreas Hoivold, Phil Hellmuth and Daniel Negreanu all took their seats.

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