Season Seven of the WPT Kicks off January 4th

Date: December 23, 2008

The seventh season of the World Poker Tour will kick off on January 4th on Fox Sports Net. It will take a spot in the Sunday Night Sports Block on FSN.

Steve Lipscomb, the Founder and CEO of the WPT had the following to say, “Not only are we excited to bring our seventh season to the airwaves, we’re ecstatic to be a part of one of the leading networks for sports, FSN. Together, WPT and FSN continue to bring the action into living rooms and put fans on the edge of their seats.”

George Greenburg, Executive VP of Programming and Production at FSN commented, “FSN is pleased to be the new home of the WPT, the foremost brand in televised poker. This season promises the biggest names, the highest stakes, and the most drama and we are very excited to watch all the action unfold.”

The first five season of the WPT aired on the Travel Channel while season six aired on the Game Show Network. Unlike years past, this year’s format will be one hour long episodes with two episodes covering a tournament. In the past, a single episode was two hours long and covered a single tournament in an episode.

Mike Sexton and Vince Van Patten will return to provide commentary. Joining them will be Amanda Leatherman. Amanda will serve as a sideline reporter and hostess. She has been providing live online updates for the WPT since July of this years and has previously served as an on air personality for both PokerWire and

On difference this year will be that the WPT will be sponsored by They will receive a lot of airtime both with their logos displayed prominently on felt and with an instructional segment during the show.

Action will kick off on January 4th at 9 p.m.

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High Stakes Poker Kicks off Fifth Season March 1st

Date: December 22, 2008

Season five of High Stakes Poker will debut on GSN Sunday March, 1st. The show will be part of GSN”s new “Poker Night.” GSN also will be airing episodes of the World Poker Tour this season. The WPT is currently in its 6th season.

Filming is currently underway in downtown Las Vegas at the Golden Nugget casino. This season, the minimum buy-in has been increased to $200,000. Some of the players that will appear during this season of High Stakes Poker include David Benyamine, Daniel Negreanu. Erick Lindgren, Barry Greenstein, Phil Ivey, and Victor Ramdin, Paul Wasicka, David Williams, Doyle Brunson, Phil Laak, and Antonio Esfandiari. The current World Champion of Poker, Peter Eastgate, will also appear during the fifth season of High Stakes Poker.

High Stakes Poker is known for not only it’s high stakes cash game format but also for bringing out some of the biggest names in the world to play high stakes poker. Unlike a tournament, players put up their own money to play in the event. Players are compensated by the network for their appearance, but the fee is very small in comparison to the stakes that they play at.

The cash game format on High Stakes Poker mimics actual cash game action, complete with little neiances such as straddles, running hands twice, and even prop betting. Many of these things are banned in tournament play but are used to spice up cash games.

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Hosts A.J. Benza and Gabe Kaplan return this season to provide their insight. Kaplan is a regular player on both the tournament circuit and high stakes cash game action.

High Stakes Poker will kick off its 5th season Sunday March 1st at 9 P.M. EST.

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