The most eagerly anticipated televised poker show is finally returning to our screens with the fifth season of the ever-popular High Stakes Poker is set to kick off in the States this Sunday evening on the Game Show Network. There were fears that the show would not be renewed, but thankfully it’s back to give us our fix of mind-boggling high stakes poker and degenerate gambling.
There are many rumours floating around about the upcoming lineup and some of the significant hands that have been played out during the filming in late December, however the details have been closely guarded to ensure the show is once again a huge success.
Many of the regular crew are set to hit the felt once again for High Stakes Poker season 5, including Daniel Negreanu, Antonio Esfandiari, Tom Dwan, Phil Laak, David Benyamine, Phil Ivey, Phil Hellmuth, Eli Elezra, Doyle Brunson, Howard Lederer, Barry Greenstein and Patrik Antonius. Some of the exciting newcomers include WSOP final-tablists Ivan Demidov and Peter Eastgate and online phenom Ilari “Ziigmund” Sahamies. Aussies will also finally have someone to cheer for, with our own WSOP Champion Joe Hachem set to make his High Stakes Poker debut this season. Once again your favourite commentating duo of AJ Benza and Gabe Kaplan are back behind the microphone.
As soon as it came on the scene with the first season in 2006, High Stakes Poker has been a huge hit amongst poker fans. The world’s players best putting up hundreds of thousands of real cash in some of the biggest pots the world has ever seen. This year’s buy-in has been increased from $100,000 to $200,000, which is sure to create some intriguing deep-stacked situations and some huge pots.
Just to wet your appetite here’s an incredible hand between Patrik Antonius and Phil Laak. All the action from High Stakes Poker season 5 will be televised in the US from this Sunday. We can’t wait!
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