‘High Stakes Poker’ Ep. 2 falls flat, but Ivey, Hellmuth entries threaten

The second installment of the restart of a once popular poker TV show aired on PokerGO last week.

High stakes pokerThis month, returning from a nearly decade-long absence from the airwaves, had another episode with practically the same table as Week 1. Former MLB pitcher Michael Schwimer left the game and his seat was taken by Lynne Ji, a relatively obscure California -based poker player. Others at the table at Aria Casino in Las Vegas included celebrity poker players Jean-Robert Bellande, Bryn Kenney, Brandon Steven, Nick Petrangelo, Rick Salomon and Tom Dwan.

The minimum buy-in for the $ 400- $ 800 no-limit Hold’em game was $ 200,000, but it’s common in poker for players to sell action. In other words, players may not have it all to themselves, relying on some “investors” (also known as “supporters” in the poker world) to contribute at least part of their buy-in. This type of information is not revealed on the show, so it is impossible to know how much someone has really gained or lost.

On paper, the big winner of the first two episodes was Rick Salomon, a serious poker player who was never considered one Professional Poker player. He won the relaunched show’s biggest hand to date, a pot worth more than $ 850,000, against Kenney, who went straight back into the game for a $ 500,000 buy-in after losing everything to Salomon.

Salomon won the mammoth pot after betting $ 324,000 into a pot worth just over $ 200,000 with a straight, despite a possible flush on the board. Kenney opted for a one-set hero call, and unfortunately he was wrong this time.


Kenney, a grizzled poker veteran despite his relatively young age, took the loss calmly and showed practically no emotion. The pot produced by far the largest fireworks display in the 45-minute episode.

An amusing moment on the show was when Bellande folded pocket aces preflop. Yes, you read that right. Yes, we are a little misleading. Bellande had just got up from the table and was getting a drink when he was dealt pocket aces. The dealer mucked Bellande’s hand at his absence, as they were asked to do. Bellande never knew what he had. Bellande had pocket aces another time during the episode.

Nostalgia has withdrawn in episode 2

High stakes poker is still a very well known brand in the poker world, hence the decision for PokerGO to restart it. Originally broadcast on the Game Show Network, it was one of the network’s most popular programs during the heyday of US gray market online poker.

In the meantime there have been countless poker cash game shows High stakes poker went off the air and when it restarted so the nostalgia factor is what it works. The original hosts – Gabe Kaplan and AJ Benza – are back and giving High stakes poker the familiar feeling. A reboot without both is hard to imagine. Nostalgia is king here.

Arguably the greatest nostalgia factor for viewers in the first two episodes is Dwan, a native of New Jersey who was once (and possibly still is) one of the best high-stakes online poker players in the world. Dwan has won some and lost some in the first two episodes, but overall he seems like a small winner after 90 minutes of airing the game. The show does not make it easy for the viewer to determine whether a player has more or less money in the session.

The first episode, as we see in a. have described Previous article, talked about Dwan’s incredible poker history and how the original did High stakes poker was a big part of building his legendary status in the game of poker.

Episode 2 didn’t put Dwan in the spotlight like Episode 1 and was less sentimental overall than Episode 1. The show falls a little flat without putting viewers in the poker memory lane. Fortunately for the show, there will be new players in the mix soon.

Those players include Phil Hellmuth and Phil Ivey, two Poker Hall of Famers who are considered to be the best the game has ever known. Dwan has a rich history with both Hellmuth and Ivey, so these episodes will be a must see for poker lovers.

It’s unclear when Hellmuth and Ivey will join the game. The next episode of High stakes poker will air on Wednesday, December 30th at 8 p.m. ET on PokerGO.

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