The TV show High Stakes Poker on GSN airs every Saturday night at 8 o´clock, 7 p.m. central time. Both amateur and professional poker players play poker and risk thousands of dollars in the hope of being the winner. High Stakes Poker first aired in mid-January of 2006 and was created by Henry Orenstein.
Instead of showing poker tournaments, High Stakes Poker airs cash games. The type of poker played on the show is No Limit Texas Holdém. Players can buy in from $100 to $1,000,000 and they can reload if they lose all of their money. Players compete in Las Vegas most exclusive casinos and more professionals come together than during the World Series of Poker or the World Poker Tour. The first season of the show as well as the fifth and sixth seasons were taped at the Golden Nugget. The second season was taped at The Palms and the third and fourth seasons were taped at South Point Casino. The seventh season was taped at the Bellagio.
Host Norm Macdonald joined the show in its seventh season. He has competed in the World Series of Poker as well as in celebrity poker tournaments. He´s also played to raise money for Paul Newmans Hole in the Wall Gang, which provides a camp for children with cancer. Between Mcdonald´s long-standing career in comedy and skill at poker, he makes a wonderful, entertaining and knowledgeable host. Chances are you have seen Macdonald before on Saturday Night Live or on the big screen with famous actors like Chevy Chase and Adam Sandler.
Co-host Kara Scott is one of the best female poker players in the world as well as a journalist and, of course, a TV personality. Once hosting the European Poker Tour, Scott now is the voice of the “On the Rail” podcast that airs on the UK´s leading poker website by the same name. Over the years, Scott has won hundreds of thousands of dollars from playing poker and has appeared in several poker-related articles in the media. Before Mcdonald´s and Scott, High Stakes Poker was hosted by BJ Benza and Gabe Kaplan.