The Game Show Network has issued its January schedule as the year draws to an end. The network has chosen to remove several popular shows from its lineup, including High Stakes Poker.
High Stakes Poker will no longer be broadcasted on the Game Show Network, Buzzerblog.com
yesterday released its new January schedule and High Stakes Poker appears to be one of two show who will not make the cut in the new year.
Effectively airing for the last time on January 2nd, High Stakes Poker will be joined out the door by another popular program, Chain Reaction, which has also seen the axe from GSN.
High Stakes Poker is perhaps the most popular non-scripted poker TV show
ever to air, with several of the world's best pros having visited the program over the years.
Since HSP's debut episode in 2006, the show has witnessed by-now classic hands play out between the game's giants, including some of the biggest pots ever to take place in any televised poker show.
Players such as Doyle Brunson, Daniel Negreanu
, Phil Hellmuth
, Patrik Antonius
, Gus Hansen
, Eli Elezra, Sammy Farha
and David Benyamine
were all regulars at the tables, but following the replacement of Gabe Kaplan by Norm MacDonald in the host role, the show did lose some of its audiences.
Black Friday additionally took away the possibility of advertising from the players' biggest sponsors, and this made the show difficult to run.
High Stakes Poker's time slot on the schedule will now be replaced by the shows Catch 21 and Lingo, while Jeopardy! will also make a return on the so-called Flashback Fridays.