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High Stakes Poker Returns for Third Season Tonight

Season Three Premieres at 9 p.m. ET Jan. 15

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Fans of the hottest poker show on television don't have to wait much longer to see the enormous amount of money that can be won or lost on the poker table, because High Stakes Poker is returning to GSN for its third season tonight.

Enough poker for 13 episodes of High Stakes Poker 3 was recently filmed at the South Point Casino in Vegas, and the show will be aired on consecutive Mondays at 9 p.m. EST starting Jan. 15. The show repeats later that night at 2 a.m. and also on Thursdays at 9 p.m.

A special one hour Best of High Stakes Poker will air at 8 p.m. on Jan. 15, to catch viewers up with some of the action that was shown last season.

This is the only place on TV to watch the heavy hitters of poker actually play with their own bankrolls. The action is always fast and furious, with some of the pots exceeding what most Americans pay for their homes.

For example, in the second season, Daniel Negreanu lost the largest pot in the show's history when his full house ran into Gus Hansen's quads. Hansen won $575,000 in that hand alone.

The players have to buy in for at least $100,000, but many of them buy in for $1 million. The stress and intensity that the large amounts of money produce makes it one of the best poker shows on television.

Hands from the show are so interesting that they repeatedly find their way across the Internet via video clips. The seven-minute clip of the Hansen-Negreanu hand posted on YouTube was viewed well over 200,000 times. Also, special Podcasts of the show are available through Apple's iTunes, and there's away additional video content at GSN.com

This year, World Series of Poker Champion Jamie Gold is a newcomer to the game. He joins 2006 WSOP runner-up Paul Wasicka, Phil Ivey, WSOP champ Chris Ferguson, Patrik Antonius, David Benyamine, John D'Agostino, Victor Ramdin, David Williams, Bill Chen, Dan Harmetz, Dan Shak, Illya Trincher, and Brian Townsend.

Players from the first two seasons also returned, including Mike "The Mouth" Matusow, Doyle and Todd Brunson, Negreanu, Sean Sheikhan, Eli Elezra, Antonio Esfandiari, Jennifer Harman, Phil Laak, Sam Farha, Barry Greenstein, Erick Lindgren, Daniel Alaei, and Brad Booth.

The show also has a sort of surprise player, in that long-time poker host Gabe Kaplan sits and plays for most of episode three, which airs Jan. 29. A.J. Benza is the show's other host.