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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.