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Norm MacDonald New Host of 'High Stakes Poker'

Longtime Host Gabe Kaplan Absent from Seventh Season

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Norm MacDonaldOn Monday, GSN announced that High Stakes Poker, presented by PokerStars, will feature commentary by comedian and poker player Norm MacDonald. Kara Scott, who joined the show last season, will co-host with the veteran TV and film actor. Longtime host Gabe Kaplan did not return for a seventh season.

According to a press release, MacDonald is a passionate poker player who has competed at the World Series of Poker, celebrity poker tournaments, and charity events.

The high-stakes game, which was filmed at the Bellagio in Las Vegas using 3D technology, will premier on Saturday, Feb. 26 at 8 p.m. EST on GSN. The game has a minimum buy-in of $200,000 and a maximum buy-in of $500,000. The blinds for the seventh season are $400-$800 with a $100 ante.

The player line-up for season seven includes: Mike Baxter, Eric Boneta, Doyle Brunson, Johnny Chan, Robert Croak, Jon Duhamel, Antonio Esfandiari, Phil Galfond, Bill Klein, Phil Laak, Jason Mercier, Julian Movsesian, Daniel Negreanu, David Peat, Bill Perkins, Andrew Robl, Phil Ruffin, Vanessa Selbst, and Bob Voulgaris.

 
 
 
 

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O2brutal
almost 4 years ago

Norm MacDonald huh? Uh, okay? Will this be like Dennis Miller on MNF? Don't get me wrong, I love Norm MacDonald... as a comedian. No doubt. Guess we'll see and hope for the best. GL! At least the transition is easier with a season of Kaplan sans Benza which was a bit of a downer. No dynamic.

Oh yeah. Wait a minute... 3D? Srsly? C'mon.

 
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Prieure
almost 4 years ago

First Full Tilt act like babies now they follow up the shocker of removing AJ which was bad enough with getting rid of Gabe, good god I don't want a comedy actor doing commentary. And before anyone bangs on about Kotter, I'm European I've never seen it and so don't associate him with anything other than making bad jokes on HSP.

This is the death of HSP IMO, at least get someone who is known for their poker knowledge, not a sitcom actor, jeez.

 
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bmpek
almost 4 years ago

who cares what the french think. rivit

 
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striike
almost 4 years ago

"And before anyone bangs on about Kotter, I'm European I've never seen it and so don't associate him with anything other than making bad jokes on HSP.

This is the death of HSP IMO, at least get someone who is known for their poker knowledge, not a sitcom actor, jeez."

i know you said not to do this. but gabe kaplan's only notoriety comes from the fact that he is a sitcom actor. lol

 
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cchappa
almost 4 years ago

I say give him a chance. Then rake him over the coals. Bunch of whiners.

 
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berkbrown
almost 4 years ago

don't understand the Full Tilt reference... ?

 
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dragondogg
almost 4 years ago

It is pokerstars not Full Tilt

 
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VincentTT
almost 4 years ago

They picked Norm so I guess they think something I don't know. But, Kaplan is a pro level player with a very witty with his jokes and talks, and insightful with his poker analysis. First HSP lost the FT pros like Patrick, Dwan, Ivey, and now they loose Kaplan. Just sad I think

 
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Jammin502
almost 4 years ago

I liked Gabe Kaplan and will miss him on the show. That being said, I think that Norm Macdonald is a good choice. I have seen him play in events and he seems to know what he is doing. He is a very witty guy and has a very distinguishable voice. What does he basically have to do? Just announce what is happening. These are supposedly the best of the best poker players, so he isn't going to spend a whole lot of time questioning what they are doing. Just give the play by play, add a little banter, and explain things like "straddle", "insurance", and other happenings that might occur. Good luck Norm!

 
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