Super High Roller $400/$800/$200 Cash Game to Be Recorded for TV; Esfandiari Confirmed
From June 29 through July 1, an invite-only poker cash game will be filmed at ARIA inside the Bristlecone Ballroom in the convention center. The no-limit hold'em cash game, called Super High Roller Cash Game, will be played eight handed at $400/$800/$200 stakes and require players to buy-in for a minimum of $250,000 with no maximum.
"This high-stakes, exciting game will mix legendary poker players with non-pros and will be televised on the world's only 24/7 poker TV channel," said Poker Central PR Director Sandra Yucara, who also revealed that the show will air on Poker Central TV in November.
The show is expected to attract some of the biggest names in the game – Ben Lamb and Phil Hellmuth are two rumored to play — but Yucara was only willing to confirm one player – Antonio Esfandiari.
"I'm excited to play," Esfandiari told PokerNews. "High Stakes Poker was, I think, the most popular poker TV shows in the history of poker TV shows, and in a way this feels like HSP. It's a televised cash game with decent sized blinds and an ante, and so I think there should be a lot of action. Given that, I'm pretty excited to play, but I'm also pretty excited for poker, to sort of bring back the big TV cash game."
The cash game will be filmed by POKER PROductions, but it is not a reboot of the classic poker TV show High Stakes Poker.
"We are indeed contracted to shoot a cash game but it is not High Stakes Poker," POKER PROductions President Mori Eskandani clarified when reached by PokerNews. "That show belongs to GSN, and they are the only ones who can reboot it. The new cash game is called Super High Roller Cash Game."
ARIA is waiving all fees to maximize the value to players. Interestingly, players are not allowed to wear sunglasses.
Finally, the PokerNews Live Reporting Team will be on hand to capture all the cash game in our live blog, so be sure to tune in next week to see who plays and wins the Super High Roller Cash Game.