If a friend ask which show you would recommend they watch, which one comes to mind? If you are European, the straightforward response in this case is Late night poker, and we understand why that would be the first choice.
But, if you are an American, then the obvious response would be a three word show that brought the game to the screens in style. Around the world, High Stakes Poker is a great way to introduce people to poker. This game is associated with big names, and the reason is that back in the day, it was a smash hit from the first time is aired. It featured Canadian stars like Daniel Negreanu as well as WSOP legend Phil Hellmuth.
It’s not just the players that attracted fans every week it aired. Part of the credit goes to the commentary team that comprises of A.J Benza and Gabe Kaplan. These team has been called for by fans celebrating the latest announcement by poker Central that the Series is back on air.
It goes without saying that with these commentary team calling the shots, they might as well have aired first time players taking on each other and the show would still be exciting to watch.
The show was massively significant, and viewers loved how it let daylight in on the poker players around a table each with a minimum of $100000 to lose, and in some cases, a million on the line in a single night. In the era prior to the nose bleeding stakes we see today on TV shows such as Rob’s Home Game and The Big Game, High Stakes poker was everybody’s go to that no poker enthusiast could resists.
Back then, Negreanu was a young player with long blond hair than he has got now. Phil Helmuth look somewhat the same as he did back them. With poker legends gracing the show, luminaries like Phil Ivey, Mike Matusow and Gus Hansen all took the game’s felt.
Without this series, most poker shows would look quite different. The series raised the stakes in every conceivable way. The set alone represented the money to be splashed very well. Nowadays, the look is mostly neon, a dark backdrop as well as a series of TV that distract viewers with their endless promotions.