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Old 02-07-2011, 12:42 PM   #1
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Norm McDonald new host of High Stakes Poker

From GSN:

GSN’S “HIGH STAKES POKER” TO LAUNCH SEVENTH SEASON

WITH NEW HOST NORM MACDONALD
ON FEBRUARY 26, 2011



The First Poker Series in History to Be Produced in 3D,

HIGH STAKES POKER 7 Promises Riveting Poker Action with an Outstanding Line-up of World-Renowned Players and Exciting Newcomers



Doyle Brunson, Johnny Chan, Jonathan Duhamel, Antonio Esfandiari, Phil Galfond, Barry Greenstein, Phil Laak, Jason Mercier and Daniel Negreanu All Hit the Table for the Premiere Cash Game on Television



(Santa Monica, CA) February 7, 2011 — The seventh season of HIGH STAKES POKER, presented by PokerStars™, will premiere on GSN on Saturday, February 26, featuring a new host—poker player and comedian Norm Macdonald—and offering a brand-new 3D view of the action, to be available exclusively on DIRECTV’s 3D channel, n3D, powered by Panasonic. True to its reputation as the premiere cash game on television, the new season will feature an extraordinary line-up of world-renowned poker champions and high-stakes amateurs. The competition takes place at the five-diamond Bellagio Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, the mecca for high-stakes poker competition since its opening in 1998. Acclaimed poker player and TV personality Kara Scott will co-host HIGH STAKES POKER with Macdonald, providing illuminating behind-the-scenes reports, revealing player interviews and expert poker analysis. Season 7 of HIGH STAKES POKER will premiere on Saturday, February 26, 2011, airing Saturday nights at 8:00 PM and 11:00 PM ET/PT, only on GSN.



Norm Macdonald begins his first season as host of HIGH STAKES POKER, following longtime host Gabe Kaplan. Macdonald is a passionate poker player who has competed in The World Series of Poker and in celebrity poker tournaments, playing for charity on behalf of Paul Newman’s Hole in the Wall Gang camp for children with cancer. Macdonald boasts a long career in comedy—and a serious reputation as a poker player. Born in Quebec, Canada, Macdonald began his career in stand-up comedy before landing writing jobs on “The Dennis Miller Show” and “Roseanne.” Attracting the attention of “Saturday Night Live” creator-producer Lorne Michaels, Macdonald joined the SNL cast in 1993, and shot to fame as the anchor of the fake-news segment, Weekend Update. His other television series include “Norm” and “A Minute with Stan Hooper,” and he has appeared in feature films with Chevy Chase (“Dirty Work”), Dave Chappelle (“Screwed”) and his good friend Adam Sandler (“Grown Ups”).



Macdonald is joining a GSN talent roster that includes Drew Carey, Wendy Williams, Bill Engvall, Jerry Springer, Sherri Shepherd, and Carrie Ann Inaba.



HIGH STAKES POKER 7 marks the first time in history that a poker show has been filmed using 3D technology, offering DIRECTV customers with 3D-enabled televisions the chance to enjoy an immersive poker experience as never before. The 3D broadcasts of HIGH STAKES POKER will be available exclusively on DIRECTV’s 3D channel, n3D™, powered by Panasonic, this Spring.



This season will bring together a mix of top professionals and wealthy amateur players, each eager to take the others’ money in a high-stakes no-limit hold ’em cash game. The game features two-time World Series of Poker Main Event Champions—Doyle Brunson, making his seventh HSP appearance, and Johnny Chan, who is making only his second HSP appearance—along with the reigning World Champion, 23-year-old Jonathan Duhamel, who won $8.9 million for his World Series of Poker Main Event victory in November 2010.



Fan favorites Daniel Negreanu, Antonio Esfandiari, and Barry Greenstein all participated, as they have done for each of the previous six seasons. Other familiar names from past seasons include David Peat (Season 5), Andrew Robl (Season 6), Phil Laak (Seasons 2-6), Jason Mercier (Season 6), Haralabos Voulgaris (Season 4), Phil Galfond (Seasons 4 & 6), and amateur Mike Baxter (Seasons 4-5).



Season 7 of HIGH STAKES POKER is as much about the newcomers—both professional and amateur—who will be making their HSP debut as it is about the returning veterans. Professional player Vanessa Selbst, who had a tremendous year on the tournament circuit in 2010, is only the third woman ever to appear on the show. A total of six new amateurs will also participate: Robert Croak, the creator of SillyBandz; Bill Klein, a retired businessman and philanthropist; billionaire entrepreneur Phil Ruffin, who owns the Treasure Island Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, as well as many other successful ventures; Julian Movsesian, a life insurance executive whose company specializes in serving high-end clients; Bill Perkins, president of a private equity and venture capital firm; and Erik Boneta, a watch dealer and wholesaler who specializes in Rolex watches.



The full player line-up for the Season 7 of HIGH STAKES POKER is:

Mike Baxter
Eric Boneta
Doyle Brunson
Johnny Chan
Robert Croak
Jon Duhamel
Antonio Esfandiari
Phil Galfond
Barry Greenstein
Bill Klein
Phil Laak
Jason Mercier
Julian Movsesian
Daniel Negreanu
David Peat
Bill Perkins
Andrew Robl
Phil Ruffin
Vanessa Selbst
Bob Voulgaris



Kara Scott begins her second season as co-host of HIGH STAKES POKER. Scott, an expert poker player and poker journalist, was the only woman to finish in the money in both the 2008 and 2009 World Series of Poker Main Events, and only the second woman in history to do so in back-to-back years. She also finished second in the 2009 Irish Open in Dublin.



Featuring a minimum cash buy-in of $200,000 and a maximum buy-in of $500,000, HIGH STAKES POKER is the premiere cash game in the history of television. For the seventh season, the blinds were $400/$800 with a $100 ante. Straddles were frequent and often multiple. Several players were felted, so rebuys and add-ons were prevalent.

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Old 02-07-2011, 12:43 PM   #2
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The First Poker Series in History to Be Produced in 3D
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Old 02-07-2011, 12:44 PM   #3
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I'm actually kinda stoked to hear Norm...funny guy
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Old 02-07-2011, 12:44 PM   #4
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lol what
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Old 02-07-2011, 12:45 PM   #5
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My 3D tv makes me want to puke
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Old 02-07-2011, 12:45 PM   #6
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This is gonna be brutal.
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Old 02-07-2011, 12:46 PM   #7
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who't this guy?
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Old 02-07-2011, 12:46 PM   #8
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wait a min, you are saying no Gabe this season?

lol these pokerstars morons absolutely destroyed the best pokershow.
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Old 02-07-2011, 12:47 PM   #9
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Best of Norm Macdonald

Best of Norm Macdonald 2
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Old 02-07-2011, 12:47 PM   #10
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rip high stakes poker
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Old 02-07-2011, 12:47 PM   #11
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HSP has totally redeemed itself. Norm is awesome.
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Old 02-07-2011, 12:48 PM   #12
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wait a min, you are saying no Gabe this season?

lol these pokerstars morons absolutely destroyed the best pokershow.
yeah it's pretty interesting what has been done with the last couple of seasons of this show. i mean it was the most popular poker show out there. what exactly were they trying to fix?
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Old 02-07-2011, 12:48 PM   #13
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Re: Norm McDonald new host of High Stakes Poker

i guess if channels are looking for stuff to fill their 3d channels with then poker would be a cheap option, not a bad thing for poker really.

any of these guys any good, cliffs?...

Eric Boneta
Robert Croak
Bill Klein
Julian Movsesian
Bill Perkins
Phil Ruffin

Good to see Haralabob back in there. Depressing there will be no Ivey/Dwan.
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Old 02-07-2011, 12:48 PM   #14
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is this for real? Cause if so i think its an awesome idea could bring interest from outside public too cause norm mcdonald is hilarious
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Old 02-07-2011, 12:49 PM   #15
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wow so no dwan, antonious and ivey? These guys r the only reason y I watch tv poker
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