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High Stakes Poker is a cash game poker television program broadcast by the cable television network GSN in the United States. The show was first broadcast in January 2006. As of June 2009, the show is in its fifth season. The poker variant played on the show is no limit Texas hold 'em. The show is hosted by AJ Benza, alongside Gabe Kaplan, who himself participated as a player in a few episodes in Season 3.

Various locations have been used in the show. Season one was taped at the Golden Nugget casino hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada. The second season took place at the Palms Casino Resort. The third and fourth seasons were taped at the South Point Hotel and Casino. In Season five, the show returned to the Golden Nugget.

The participants on the show include both professional poker players and amateur players, including celebrities such as Jerry Buss and Sam Simon. The only players to have participated in all five seasons are: Doyle Brunson, Eli Elezra, Antonio Esfandiari, Barry Greenstein and Daniel Negreanu.

Players

Doyle Brunson, 75, is the oldest participant on High Stakes Poker
Eli Elezra won a $47,000 pot in Season 3 with four aces
Daniel Negreanu brought $1,000,000 to the table in Season 1
Antonio Esfandiari won $1,000 from Nick Cassavetes after successfully doing 47 push-ups in a Season 5 episode[1]
Barry Greenstein raised over $50,000 in charital donations by uttering the phrase "LOL donkaments" on the show[2]
In Season 5, Tom Dwan won a $919,600 pot against Barry Greenstein
Name Nationality Occupation Season
Adams, BrandonBrandon Adams  United States Poker player 4
Alaei, DanielDaniel Alaei  United States Poker player 1-3
Antonius, PatrikPatrik Antonius  Finland Poker player 3-5
Benyamine, DavidDavid Benyamine  France Poker player 3-5
Baxter, MikeMike Baxter  United States Hedge fund manager[3] 4-5
Booth, BradBrad Booth  Canada Poker player 2-4
Brunson, DoyleDoyle Brunson  United States Poker player 1-5
Brunson, ToddTodd Brunson  United States Poker player 1-5
Buss, JerryJerry Buss  United States Basketball team owner 1
Cassavetes, NickNick Cassavetes  United States Actor, director 5
Chamanara, FredFred Chamanara  United States Restaurant owner[4] 1-2
Chan, JohnnyJohnny Chan  China Poker player 1
Chen, WilliamWilliam Chen  United States Mathematician, poker player 3
D'Agostino, JohnJohn D'Agostino  United States Poker player 3
Deeb, FreddyFreddy Deeb  Lebanon Poker player 1
Dwan, TomTom Dwan  United States Poker player 5
Eastgate, PeterPeter Eastgate  Denmark Poker player 5
Elezra, EliEli Elezra  Israel Businessman, poker player 1-5
Esfandiari, AntonioAntonio Esfandiari  Iran Poker player 1-5
Farha, SammySammy Farha  Lebanon Poker player 1-4
Ferguson, ChrisChris Ferguson  United States Poker player 3
Filippi, AmnonAmnon Filippi  United States Poker player 2
Forrest, TedTed Forrest  United States Poker player 1-2
Galfond, PhilPhil Galfond  United States Poker player 4
Gold, JamieJamie Gold  United States Poker player 3-4
Greenstein, BarryBarry Greenstein  United States Poker player 1-5
Grey, DavidDavid Grey  United States Poker player 2
Hachem, JoeJoe Hachem  Australia Poker player 5
Hansen, GusGus Hansen  Denmark Poker player 2
Harman, JenniferJennifer Harman  United States Poker player 1-4
Harmetz, DanDan Harmetz  United States Poker player 3
Hellmuth Jr., PhilPhil Hellmuth Jr.  United States Poker player 1, 4
Ivey, PhilPhil Ivey  United States Poker player 3
Juanda, JohnJohn Juanda  Indonesia Poker player 2
Kaplan, GabeGabe Kaplan  United States Comedian, actor, poker player 3
Laak, PhilPhil Laak  Ireland Poker player 2-5
Laliberté, GuyGuy Laliberté  Canada Founder of Cirque du Soleil 4
Lederer, HowardHoward Lederer  United States Poker player, co-founder of Full Tilt Poker 5
Lindgren, ErickErick Lindgren  United States Poker player 2-3
Ly, MinhMinh Ly  Vietnam Poker player 2
Matusow, MikeMike Matusow  United States Poker player 2-4
Meltzer, AlanAlan Meltzer  United States Record mogul 5
Minieri, DarioDario Minieri  Italy Poker player 5
Mizrachi, MichaelMichael Mizrachi  United States Poker player 2
Nasseri, AmirAmir Nasseri  Iran Physician, poker player[5] 1
Negreanu, DanielDaniel Negreanu  Canada Poker player 1-5
Peat, DavidDavid Peat  United States Poker player[6] 5
Ramdin, VictorVictor Ramdin  Guyana Poker player 3
Safai, BobBob Safai  United States Real estate partner[7] 4
Sahamies, IlariIlari Sahamies  Finland Poker player 5
Salorio, AntonioAntonio Salorio  United States Poker player 4
Shak, DanielDaniel Shak  United States Poker player 3
Sheikhan, ShawnShawn Sheikhan  Iran Poker player 1-3
Simon, SamSam Simon  United States Television producer 5
Stupak, BobBob Stupak  United States Casino owner[4] 1
Townsend, BrianBrian Townsend  United States Poker player 3
Tran, MimiMimi Tran  Vietnam Poker player 1
Trincher, IlyaIlya Trincher  Russia Poker player 3
Voulgaris, HaralabosHaralabos Voulgaris  Canada Poker player 4
Wasicka, PaulPaul Wasicka  United States Poker player 3
Williams, DavidDavid Williams  United States Poker player 3
Zeidman, CoryCory Zeidman  United States Poker player 2

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