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High Stakes Poker Will Continue Airing on GSN

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poker videoAs the fallout from online poker’s Black Friday continues, there is at least one thin ray of sunshine that has made it through the clouds.we can confirm that GSN‘s “High Stakes Poker” will continue airing. However, it’ll be shown at 11:00pm ET and PT on Saturdays. This past weekend, PokerStars.net commercials were shown during the broadcast; to anyone unaware of everything that happened on Friday, nothing looked any different.

This weekend, “High Stakes Poker” will shed its PokerStars branding including on-screen graphics and verbal mentions. A GSN official told us on Wednesday, “As a result of the indictments and by mutual agreement, PokerStars.net and Full Tilt Poker.net have withdrawn their presenting sponsorships, brand integrations, and ads from GSN’s poker programming.  Beginning this weekend, our poker schedule will incorporate those and other changes, and we will evaluate additional adjustments to our schedule as warranted.”

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PokerStars Big Game and Million Dollar Challenge Pulled from Fox

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poker videoIn another blow to the poker industry, the “PokerStars Big Game” and “PokerStars Million Dollar Challenge,” which both aired on Fox, have been yanked from the network, with a source close to the situation revealing that it was “probably a mutual decision.” ESPN’s Gary Wise first broke the story.

The founders of PokerStars, Isai Scheinberg and Paul Tate, were among the 11 people indicted by the U.S. Department of Justice on Friday. According to the indictment, Scheinberg, Tate, and company “arranged for the money received from U.S. gamblers to be disguised as payments to hundreds of non-existent online merchants purporting to sell merchandise such as jewelry and golf balls.”

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Mike Baxter Out-Flops Barry Greenstein on High Stakes Poker

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poker videoDespite carrying the sponsorship of PokerStars, “High Stakes Poker” rolled on over the weekend. The GSN cash game franchise, whose new episodes can be seen at 8:00pm ET and 11:00pm ET on Saturdays, is in its seventh season. “High Stakes Poker” features funny man Norm Macdonald calling the action and PartyPoker pro Kara Scott conducting interviews. The series was filmed at Aria in Las Vegas and continues to be a favorite of poker players everywhere.

Amateur Bill Perkins started Saturday’s one-hour installment down a whopping $352,000. Macdonald quipped to open the show, “It seems like no one cares about the money.” Perkins was the most active player we’ve seen this season and loves to see flops with any two cards.

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ESPN May Nix PokerStars NAPT Coverage

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poker videoIn the wake of Friday’s indictments of the founders of PokerStars, Full Tilt Poker, and Absolute Poker, ESPN may be forced to adjust its programming in the coming week. The North American Poker Tour (NAPT), whose PokerStars Caribbean Adventure Super High Roller final table and Bounty Shootout were scheduled to air on Monday on ESPN2, may be pulled from the schedule.

An ESPN representative told Poker News Daily on Saturday, “We are aware of the indictment only through what has been announced publicly. For the immediate future, we are efforting to remove related advertising and programming pending further review.” When the “further review” will take place remains to be seen, but as of Sunday morning, cable television listings in the United States still showed the NAPT as airing on Monday.

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Poker After Dark Hosts First Ever Pot Limit Omaha Cash Game

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poker videoRunning all this week on NBC’s “Poker After Dark” is a $100,000 Pot Limit Omaha Cash Game. The weeklong series marks the first time that “Poker After Dark” has ever deviated from Hold’em and featured a solid lineup of six of the game’s top Omaha minds.

The cash game, which emanated from Aria in CityCenter Las Vegas, began with an overview of the basic rules of Pot Limit Omaha. Each player began stacked with $100,000 and blinds held steady at $300/$600. For the first time ever, “Poker After Dark” used a four-color on-screen deck so viewers could differentiate between suits and Full Tilt Poker pro Andy Blochjoined Ali Nejad in the booth to analyze each hand.

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