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The poker variant played on the show is no limit Texas hold 'em. It premiered on January 16, and ended on December 17, for the first 4 seasons and the last 3 seasons ran from March 1, to May 21, and was simulcast in 3DTV on N3D. Starting with the sixth season, Kara Scott replaced Benza as Kaplan's co-host, with Scott conducting interviews from the poker room floor.
The second season, taped at The Palms and consisting of 16 episodes, premiered on June 5, and ended on September 18, The third season, consisting of 13 episodes, was taped at the South Point Casino at 9: Taping was completed in May, with the season premiering on August 27, at 9: Season four finished airing on December 17, and featured 17 episodes.
The network cited the show's strong ratings performance in younger demographics. Season five, which ran from March 1, to May 24, at 9: The format for season 5 differed slightly from its predecessors by having Kaplan and Benza not appear on camera until after the first commercial break in the show, rather than at the outset.
Season six premiered at 8: The sixth season aired with three different groups of players throughout 13 episodes. Season seven debuted on its new GSN Saturday night time slot at 8: Sponsored Full Tilt Poker pros were required to boycott the show this time around, as rival site PokerStars became its official sponsors. When it first aired, High Stakes Poker was unique among televised poker series because it did not take place in a tournament setting.
Instead, the program showed a high-stakes cash game. Unlike in poker tournaments , the chips involved represent real money. In addition, players may use cash instead of casino chips. Cash plays and stays as cash in the pot; it does not have to be converted into casino chips. Unlike tournament poker, blinds and antes are constant, instead of increasing as time goes on.
Known as the small and big blinds because you are effectively betting without seeing your cards, these positions on the table rotate after every hand, stimulating future betting by giving players a pot to fight over on every single deal. The small blind is always the seat directly left of the dealer button, while the big blind is the next seat to the left, meaning the players on the blinds act first throughout the hand. Individually, these five cards are also known as Broadway cards.
Burn Card — Whenever the dealer is ready to reveal the next community card, he or she will first discard the top card in the deck face down on the table. After every hand the dealer button is moved one seat position to the left, which moves the blinds and facilitates the forced betting fairly. Check — When the action comes to a player and they elect to pass without betting any chips. You may verbally say check, or simply tap the table with your knuckles, to pass the action along without parting with any of your hard earned money.
Check-Raise — A raise which comes after you have checked to your opponent and they have bet into you. When you check and passively invite your opponent to bet, only to respond with an immediate raise, the check-raise can chip away at their stack in short order. Chop — A chop occurs when the action folds all the way around the table leaving only the small and big blinds, and both players elect to take their money back rather than play a paltry pot and surrender half of it to the rake.
Chopped Pot — A draw or tie during the showdown. If the remaining players turn over the same hand, such as a pair of jacks with an ace kicker, the pot is chopped up, or split into even portions and distributed.
Counterfeited — The unfortunate role reversal which can occur when the board cards nullify certain cards in your hand. A common example of a hand being counterfeited is when a player flops bottom two pair, say the on a flop, and the turn or river brings a second Ten to the board.
The resulting pair of Tens shared by both players extinguishes the strength of bottom two pair, giving the lead to anybody with a pocket pair in the hole. Most casino dealers reveal the flop with a flourish, pausing with the door card tantalizingly exposed before rapidly flashing the rest of the flop across the table. Double Belly-Buster — A straight draw in which you need to hit any of two unconnected cards to complete your hand.
One of the stars of the show, Team PokerStars Pro Daniel Negreanu , continues to frequent the biggest cash games in Las Vegas, and thanks to his blog we can relive some of the action through Kid Poker's eyes. As was drawing to a close, Negreanu penned a blog at Full Contact Poker recapping his year and highlighting his poker goals.
Thankfully for us poker fans, Negreanu has kicked off the year by detailing his exploits in the Las Vegas cash games. Negreanu got off to a flying start. He called and drew one. I called and won the pot as he made a Negreanu hit the tables again on Feb. One area that Negreanu touched upon, which has resonated through the high-stakes community, is the politics of the high-stakes cash-game world.
While Negreanu claims the Bellagio mixed game is free of politics and allows anyone to play within reason, the Aria and Macau cash games are extremely political and it appears to be a case of who you know rather than what you know if you want to play in those games, creating a landscape far different from when Negreanu first started out in Vegas.
Last night there were three high-stakes games going at both Aria and Bellagio and each of them were essentially based on invite only. There is a set time that the games start and the players all show up at that time and fill the seats as well as the waiting list.
If you are a 'nit' or play excessively slow, you won't ever get a seat in these games. I have absolutely no problem with the politics involved in this.