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High Stakes Poker is a poker television show broadcast by the cable television network GSN in the United States. The poker variant being played is No Limit Texas Hold'em.


High Stakes Poker is unique among televised poker series as it does not take place in a tournament setting. Instead, the series takes place during a series of high stakes ring games. Each player brings to the table any amount between $100,000 and $1,000,000.

Unlike tournament poker, the chips involved represent real money. If a player should lose his initial buy-in, that player may rebuy a minimum of $50,000. In addition, players may bring in and use cash instead of tournament chips in some situations. There is no ending, per se. Time just runs out on that particular episode. Also, unlike other televised poker, blinds and antes are constant, which is designed to create more bluff situations.

The host is A.J. Benza and the analyst is poker pro and actor Gabe Kaplan. The players involved in the series are generally well-known high stakes players or poker pros, with some exceptions.

The show was created by Henry Orenstein, who also serves as the show's executive producer.