Old-school legend returns to High Stakes Poker after 13-year hiatus as new season announced

Mo Afdhal
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Posted on: January 30, 2024 5:00 pm EST

High Stakes Poker–there’s nothing quite like it.

Thankfully, PokerGO has seen fit to bestow a 12th season of the long-time upon us mere mortals. The new season kicks off Monday, February 19th with commentators AJ Benza and Nick Schulman ready to welcome fans back to poker’s most iconic television show.

Season 12 will feature big names and even bigger action as players battle at stakes from $200/$400 to $1,000/$2,000. There’s a mix of players in the lineups, including fan favorites Jennifer Tilly, Jean-Robert Bellande, and Andrew Robl. Plus, Phil Laak will make his first appearance on the show since Season 7, way back in 2011.

“There is nothing quite like High Stakes Poker,” said Mori Eskandani, President of PokerGO. “We’ve seen some truly unforgettable moments through the first 11 seasons of High Stakes Poker, and you can believe me when I tell you that Season 12 will deliver many more phenomenal ones.”

Phil Laak on High Stakes Poker
Phil Laak is set to make his return to High Stakes Poker after 13 years away

Season 12 of High Stakes Poker premiers exclusively on PokerGO, with new episodes airing each Monday through the month of May. PokerGO subscribers can enjoy the full catalogue of HSP episodes at any time and select highlights are available to fans on PokerGO’s YouTube channel.

“The games get pretty wild.”

PokerOrg spoke to PokerGO Director of Brand Marketing and Communications Donnie Peters to find out more about Season 12.

The livestream game was a pretty big departure from the usual HSP episodes–any plans for more of that in the future?

Donnie Peters: We might see a live version of High Stakes Poker return at some point. The idea isn’t something we’ve killed, but we also understand that if we do it again we’ll want to make it better than the first one. We all know how the first one went, and some people loved it while others hated it. 

Was it maybe a bit boring for the early few hours? Sure, but that’s live poker. You’re going to get a lot of dry moments. At the end of the day, PokerGO tried something new, and I applaud the team for doing so and taking that risk. As Brad Willis wrote in his “PokerGO might have just saved televised poker” piece, we took a chance at giving the market what it wanted. If the market wants it again and we feel we can deliver? OK, let’s go. If not, that’s OK too.

Can you give us a hint as to what fans can expect in the next season?

DP: I’ll be completely honest with you and say that I don’t really know. I hear bits and pieces of how filming goes, but I enjoy this show so much that I don’t want any spoilers. What I do know is that Andrew Robl is back after being great in Season 11, Nik “Airball” Arcot is in the mix, and show favorites Jennifer Tilly and Jean-Robert Bellande make some appearances. Stakes will range from $200/$400 to $1,000/$2,000, and I’ve been told some of the games get pretty wild. 

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