High Stakes deal for The Poker Channel
The Poker Channel, Europe’s largest dedicated gaming television network, has signed a three-year deal with the Game Show Network (GSN) giving it exclusive broadcast rights in Europe and Russia for three seasons of the High Stakes Poker programme.
High Stakes Poker is widely considered as one of the most popular poker series on television and sees star players staking up to one million dollars of their own cash in a game of no-limit Texas hold’em. Pots regularly reach several hundred thousand dollars and competitors that lose their initial buy-in can re-buy as often as they wish.
The agreement will see The Poker Channel give High Stakes Poker a permanent home in its primetime schedule with one episode from seasons two through four airing every week in 30 European markets including Great Britain, France and Germany.
Episodes are also set to be available on online at PokerChannelEurope.com one day after being broadcast on television to viewers also located in the Netherlands, Ireland, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Belgium, Portugal, Spain, Bulgaria, Romania, Hungary, Poland, the Czech Republic, Croatia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Greece, Cyprus, Malta and Latvia.
“High Stakes Poker is arguably the most popular poker show of all and deserves a permanent place in our primetime schedule in all 30 countries,” said Chris White, Managing Director for The Poker Channel.
“We’re delighted to have reached an agreement with GSN that enables so many viewers to watch it on television for the first time. The appetite to watch and learn poker continues to grow around the world and High Stakes Poker is at the heart of this.”
The Poker Channel stated that seasons two through four of High Stakes Poker feature ‘many of the all-time greats alongside some lucky amateurs’ such as Doyle Brunson, Daniel Negreanu, Jennifer Harman, Phil Laak, Mike Matusow, Erick Lindgren, John Juanda, Gus Hansen, Jamie Gold, Sammy Farha, Eli Elezra, Phil Ivey, Chris Ferguson and Patrik Antonius. The three seasons were hosted by television personalities Gabe Kaplan and AJ Benza while game pots rose to well over five million dollars on numerous occasions.