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GSN axes High Stakes Poker

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poker videosIt looks as if Black Friday has struck again, as the long-running televised poker cash-game, High Stakes Poker, will see its run on the Game Show Network come to an end. The site is reporting that the network’s January lineup does not feature the popular poker telecast after January 2nd, 2012, ending a six-year run on the network.

A number of poker shows have been cancelled in the wake of Black Friday, including the PokerStars Big Game and the NBC Heads-Up Poker Championship, as the tremendous amount of advertising revenue from Full Tilt poker and PokerStars has been pulled from these programs.

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2011 WSOP Coverage Starts Tonight on ESPN

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poker videosHaving trouble coming down from the World Series of Poker (WSOP) high?  Not to worry, as ESPN’s taped coverage of the 2011 WSOP begins tonight.  Two episodes will air every Tuesday night from today through November 8th, leading to the Worldwide Leader’s slogan, “Tuesday Night is Poker Night on ESPN.”

Unlike in previous years, tonight’s episodes do not represent the first televised broadcast of this summer’s World Series of Poker.  ESPN and ESPN2 aired more than 30 hours of play from the Main Event starting on Day 3, Thursday, July 14th, while ESPN3.com had even more.  The coverage was “semi-live,” trailing half an hour behind the live action.  Hole cards were shown on a limited basis at two “featured” tables; they were never shown if the hand did not reach a flop and were only shown when the hand ended if a flop was seen.  Commentary during the “semi-live” broadcasts was provided by Lon McEachern, Norman Chad, Antonio Esfandiari, Phil Hellmuth, David Tuchman, and Olivier Busquet.

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PokerStars Big Game Returns Monday, June 27

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poker videoMany televised poker programs in the U.S. were casualties of Black Friday, but the popular PokerStars Big Game is set to return next week on PokerStars.tv. The show, which is hosted by Joe Stapleton and Scott Huff, will be broadcast every weekday at Noon ET on PokerStars.tv for the next six weeks, starting June 27 and finishing August 5.

For those who haven’t seen the PokerStars Big Game before, here’s the basic premise: Five of the world’s top pros and most successful businessmen face off in a high-stakes cash game with a $100,000 minimum buy-in and blinds of $200/$400/$100 ante. They’re joined each week by a “Loose Cannon,” an online qualifier who is given a $100,000 stake to play against the big boys (and girls). Loose Cannon qualifiers can keep whatever they win above their initial $100,000 stake at the end of the week, and the most profitable Loose Cannon of the six-week series will win a prize package worth $50,000.

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SPOILER! Six-Figure Pots a Plenty on High Stakes Poker

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poker video“High Stakes Poker” rolled on last night on GSN. However, following the indictment of PokerStars founder Isai Scheinberg and the seizure of player bankrolls around the world, the cash game series shed nearly all of its PokerStars branding. The only inklings of the room that remained were PokerStars logos stuck on players’ clothing.

“High Stakes Poker” features former “Saturday Night Live” cast member Norm Macdonald providing commentary, while PartyPoker pro Kara Scott conducts interviews from the floor of the makeshift Bellagio poker room.

In one of the first major pots of Saturday’s one-hour episode, PokerStars pro Barry Greenstein raised to $5,100 with A-K before the flop and Julian Movsesian, holding pocket queens, 3bet to $25,400. Greenstein moved all-in for $72,200 and, as has been the case with pots involving Movsesian, the board was run just once. After the community cards came 7-7-2-A-10, Greenstein raked in $146,000 in chips.

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National Heads-Up Poker Championship Continues Sunday on NBC

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On Sunday at Noon ET, the 2011 National Heads-Up Poker Championship will continue airing on NBC. The series, which is sponsored by GoDaddy and features Craig Hummer andAli Nejad on the call, continued to feature PokerStars ads during commercial breaks last week despite the indictment of the site’s founder Isai Scheinberg on April 15th.

Last week’s one-hour episode featured action from the round of 64 in the hearts bracket, with one of the highlights being PokerStars pro David Williams facing off against the NFL’s all-time rushing leader, Emmitt Smith. The former running back told National Heads-Up Poker Championship floor reporter Leeann Tweeden, “I’m just here trying to compete.”

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