Is GSN Considering Bringing Back 'High Stakes Poker' Show?

Is GSN Considering Bringing Back 'High Stakes Poker' Show?‘High Stakes Poker’ was once the most popular cash game show on the air, but following Black-Friday the program was cancelled by the cable television network GSN, bringing a run which lasted since January 2006 to an abrupt end.
Last week, however, the Game Show Network (GSN) posted a video on its YouTube channel asking viewers to complete a survey about the show which ran for  seven seasons, fueling speculation ‘High Stakes Poker’ could soon make its way onto TV once more.
High Stakes Poker became a hit show during the “poker boom” and subsequently helped to introduce the world to some of the biggest and most colorful players in the game, such as Doyle Brunson, Daniel Negreanu, Sammy Farha, Eli Elezra, Phil Hellmuth Jr and Phil Ivey. Memorable highlights throughout the series include Gus Hansen‘s massive $575,700 Quads vs Quads win against Daniel Negreanu, and Phil Ivey (K-K) being bluffed off a hand on a 3-7-6 flop by Brad Booth (4-2).
Although the survey recently released by GSN didn’t specifically mention an eventual comeback, the network did seem particularly interested in what made “High Stakes Poker” such a popular show for viewers. Amongst the question asked was how important HSP’s venue was to the viewers’ enjoyment, what was their “main reason” for watching, and how important they thought the show’s hosts were to the program’s ultimate success.
This last question should be considered of prime importance considering the show which ran from 2006 to 20011 began to decline in popularity in 2010 (Season Six) after AJ Benza was dropped by the show, followed the next year (Season Seven) by Gabe Kaplan being replaced by Norm Macdonald.
Nevertheless, the series still continued to draw a good-sized audience until 2011 when the “Black Friday” indictments chased away the show’s sponsors, leading to HSP’s final episodes being aired in May 2011. Over they years notable companies also sponsoring the show included PokerStars, Full Tilt Poker, and Bellagio.

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