List of players on High Stakes Poker

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High Stakes Poker is a cash game poker television program broadcast originally by the cable television Game Show Network (GSN) in the United States and now broadcast on PokerGO. It premiered on January 16, 2006 and ended on December 17, 2007 for the first 4 seasons. Seasons 5 through 7 ran from March 1, 2009 to May 21, 2011. Season 8 debuted in December 2020. The poker variant played on the show is no limit Texas hold 'em. The show was taped in a poker room setting at various casino hotel locations in Las Vegas, Nevada. The latest season is taped in the PokerGO studio inside Aria Resort and Casino.

The participants on the show include both professional poker players and amateur players, including celebrity amateurs who have had some success in major tournaments, such as Jerry Buss, Sam Simon, Nick Cassavetes, and others.


Doyle Brunson, 77, is the oldest participant on High Stakes Poker
Eli Elezra won a $47,000 pot in Season 3 with four aces
Daniel Negreanu brought $1,000,000 to the table in Season 1
Antonio Esfandiari won $1,000 from Nick Cassavetes after successfully doing 47 push-ups in a Season 5 episode[1]
Barry Greenstein raised over $50,000 in charitable donations by uttering the phrase "LOL donkaments" on the show[2]
In Season 5, Tom Dwan won a $919,600 pot against Barry Greenstein
Name Country of birth Occupation Season
Brandon Adams  United States Professor, poker player 4 and 8
Daniel Alaei  Iran Poker player 1-3
John Andress  United States Poker player 8
Patrik Antonius  Finland Poker player 3-6
David Benyamine  France Poker player 3-6
Jean-Robert Bellande  United States Poker player 8
Mike Baxter  United States Hedge fund manager[3] 4-5 and 7
Brad Booth  Canada Poker player 2-3
James Bord  United Kingdom Businessman, poker player 8
Brian Brandon  United States Options trader 4
Doyle Brunson  United States Poker player 1-7
Todd Brunson  United States Poker player 1-4
Jerry Buss  United States Basketball team owner 1
Nick Cassavetes  United States Actor, director 5
Fred Chamanara  Iran Restaurant owner[4] 1-2
Johnny Chan  China Poker player 1 and 7
William Chen  United States Mathematician, poker player 3
Robert Croak  United States Businessman 7
John D'Agostino  United States Poker player 3
Jake Daniels  United States Poker player 8
Freddy Deeb  Lebanon Poker player 1
Jonathan Duhamel  Canada Poker player 7
Tom Dwan  United States Poker player 5-6, 8
Peter Eastgate  Denmark Poker player 5
Eli Elezra  Israel Businessman, poker player 1-6
Antonio Esfandiari  Iran Poker player 1-7
Sammy Farha  Lebanon Poker player 1-4
Chris Ferguson  United States Poker player 3
Amnon Filippi  United States Poker player 2
Ted Forrest  United States Poker player 1-2
Phil Galfond  United States Poker player 4 and 6-7
Jamie Gold  United States Poker player 3-4
Barry Greenstein  United States Poker player 1-7
Bertrand Grospellier  France Poker player 6
David Grey  United States Poker player 2
Joe Hachem  Australia Poker player 5
Gus Hansen  Denmark Poker player 2 and 6
Jennifer Harman  United States Poker player 1-4
Dan Harmetz  United States Businessman 3
Phil Hellmuth  United States Poker player 1, 4, 6, and 8
Lazaro Hernandez  United States Businessman, poker player 8
Andreas Høivold  Norway Poker player 6
Phil Ivey  United States Poker player 3, 6, and 8
Lynne Ji  United States Poker player 8
John Juanda  Indonesia Poker player 2
Gabe Kaplan  United States Comedian, actor, poker player 3
Bryn Kenney  United States Poker player 8
Bill Klein  United States Businessman 7
Jason Koon  United States Poker player 8
Phil Laak  Ireland Poker player 2-7
Guy Laliberté  Canada Founder of Cirque du Soleil 4
Howard Lederer  United States Poker player, co-founder of Full Tilt Poker 5
Damien LeForbes  United States Poker player 8
Erick Lindgren  United States Poker player 2-3
Minh Ly  Vietnam Poker player 2
Mike Matusow  United States Poker player 2-4 and 6
Alan Meltzer  United States Record mogul 5
Jason Mercier  United States Poker player 6-7
Dario Minieri  Italy Poker player 5-6
Michael Mizrachi  United States Poker player 2
Amir Nasseri  Iran Physician, poker player[5] 1
Daniel Negreanu  Canada Poker player 1-7
Chamath Palihapitiya  Sri Lanka Venture capitalist, engineer, poker player 8
David Peat  United States Poker player[6] 5 and 7
Bill Perkins  United States Businessman 7
Sean Perry  United States Poker player 8
Nick Petrangelo  United States Poker player 8
Dennis Phillips  United States Account manager, poker player 6
Doug Polk  United States Poker player 8
Victor Ramdin  Guyana Poker player 3
Andrew Robl  United States Poker player 6-7
Phil Ruffin  United States Businessman 7
Bob Safai  United States Real estate partner[7] 4
Ilari Sahamies  Finland Poker player 5
Rick Salomon  United States Poker player, actor, producer 8
Antonio Salorio  United States Poker player 4
Vanessa Selbst  United States Poker player 7
Michael Schwimer  United States Former MLB pitcher 8
Dan Shak  United States Businessman, poker player 3
Shawn Sheikhan  Iran Poker player 1-3
Sam Simon  United States Television producer 5
Brandon Steven  United States Businessman, poker player 8
Bob Stupak  United States Casino owner,[4] poker player 1
Brian Townsend  United States Poker player 3
Mimi Tran  Vietnam Poker player 1
Ilya Trincher  Russia Poker player 3
Haralabos Voulgaris  Canada Sports bettor, poker player 4 and 7
Lex Veldhuis  Netherlands Poker player 6
Paul Wasicka  United States Poker player 3
David Williams  United States Poker player 3
Cory Zeidman  United States Poker player 2


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