Full Tilt Pros missing from Seventh Season of High Stakes Poker

The good news is that we don’t have to wait long for the next season of High Stakes Poker because the seventh season begins on February 26th. The bad news is that several notable Full Tilt Poker pros won’t be involved this time around.

It’s been reported that popular players like Phil Ivey, Tom Dwan, Ilari Sahamies, Eli Elezra and Patrick Antonius won’t be appearing in any High Stakes Poker episodes. The reason why is because they’re all signed by Full Tilt, and PokerStars has taken over as the official sponsor of High Stakes Poker. And even though their 27% rakeback deals are always going to draw plenty of new players in, Full Tilt isn’t about to let all of their pros on a TV show sponsored by an online poker rival.

Unfortunately, this robs us of getting the chance to watch several of the world’s best cash game players in action once again. However, this does open the door for new players like WSOP Main Event champion Jason Duhamel, who is coming off of another victory at the EPT Deauville High Roller Event. Other confirmed appearances include Doyle Brunson, Daniel Negreanu, Barry Greenstein, Jason Mercier, Antonio Esfandiari, David “Viffer” Peat, Phil Laak, Andrew “good2cu” Robl and Phil Galfond.

Besides the lack of Full Tilt pros, another huge change in Season 7 of High Stakes Poker is that comedian Norm MacDonald will be taking over for Gabe Kaplan as the show‘s host. Kaplan, who starred in the 1970’s sitcom “Welcome Back, Kotter,” has hosted the show since its first season. However, producers decided that the former Saturday Night Live star MacDonald could provide a fresh comedic voice in the announcer’s booth. Party Poker representative Kara Scott is going to be interviewing players for the second straight season.

As far as the players go, all eyes will be on Team PokerStars member Daniel Negreanu since he has had some rough sessions on High Stakes Poker. Of course, this isn’t the same Negreanu heading into Season 7 of High Stakes Poker because he’s worked hard to improve his cash game play over the past few months. You can catch the new and improved Negreanu, and High Stakes Poker on the GSN Network every Saturday at 8pm ET.

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