- The show was conceived when Mori and GSN executives were discussing a failed pilot at the Bellagio, and Johnny Chan came by and said he'd just lost a six-figure pot. A GSN executive later asked Mori if broadcasting a cash game like that would work.
- Phil Galfond's brief appearance on a previous season was discussed (it was cut short because Galfond didn't make good TV). Mori recognizes that Phil is one of the best players in the world now and says he'll be back on High Stakes Poker some day.
- The hosts asked if Mori was familiar with online superstars the Dang brothers (better known by their screennames Urindanger and trex313), and encouraged him to have them on the show when he said he wasn't.
- There was more discussion of why High Stakes Poker disappeared for so long: GSN questioned if HSP's audience fit with the people who watch the network.
- This season will have higher stakes: $400 and $800 blinds with a $200 ante. The minimum buyin is $200,000 and the maximum is $500,000.
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
High Stakes Poker producer Mori Eskandani discussed the new season, starting March 1 at 9 PM on GSN, on the latest Mediocre Poker Radio podcast. It's an interesting conversation. Some of the highlights are: